A Hong Kong couple are under police investigation for suspected involvement in money laundering or other illegal activities after they reported the loss of HK$1.7 million in cash in Shatin on Wednesday, Headline Daily reports.
The couple, who live in Fanling, said they put HK$3.3 million in cash in a roller bag to deposit in several banks at Newtown Plaza in Shatin.
After the husband, surnamed Leung, deposited HK$1.3 million in one bank, he walked to another bank with the remaining cash but was followed by four men, aged between 30 and 40.
When Leung arrived at the next bank, he was shocked to learn that most of the remaining cash was gone, the report said.
The couple then reported to police the loss of HK$1.7 million. It was not clear what happened to balance of HK$300,000.
While police pledged to investigate the supposed theft, they raised questions as to why the couple were holding so much cash.
One investigator raised the possibility that the couple could be involved in some underground banking activities, the report said, citing an unnamed source.
The couple are said to have recently travelled many times to bring the cash from Shenzhen to Hong Kong.
Translation by Chloe Chow
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