A Hong Kong police sergeant suspected of absconding with HK$1 million (US$137,872) in bail funds has been arrested across the border but authorities doubt the money will be recovered.
The Hong Kong Economic Journal is reporting that no money was found on the 43-year-old suspect, surnamed Cheung, when he was arrested by Guangdong police on Monday.
Cheung has been repatriated to Hong Kong and will appear in a magistrate’s court on Tuesday, charged with theft.
A police spokesman said Cheung’s arrest came after the Hong Kong police learned from their Guangdong counterparts that Cheung was about to return to Hong Kong to surrender.
Cheung has been on a wanted list since he disappeared on May 2 from the Wan Chai Police Station with HK$1 million in bail money.
He fled to Macau and gambled it away, according to Headline Daily.
It said Cheung turned himself in to Zhuhai police out of desperation over his situation.
Cheung was an acting duty officer on the day he vanished.
Officials later found the bail money missing from a safe.
Cheung joined the force in 1992 and was promoted to sergeant in June last year.
If convicted, he faces imprisonment and the loss of his pension.
Police sergeant vanishes, HK$1 mln in bail money missing (May 3, 2016)
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