Date
25 May 2018
Police are seeking the help of the public for any information that could lead to the identification and capture of four Chinese men (inset) linked to a case of identity theft. Photo: HKEJ/Hong Kong Police Force
Police are seeking the help of the public for any information that could lead to the identification and capture of four Chinese men (inset) linked to a case of identity theft. Photo: HKEJ/Hong Kong Police Force

Police seek public’s help in HK$5.9 million identity theft case

Police have sought the help of the public to identify and arrest a gang of four Chinese men linked to a case of identity theft that happened less than a year ago.

In June last year, the victim, 61, reported to the police that some people used his Hong Kong identification card, which he had lost, to impersonate him and withdraw from his bank HK$5.89 million, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

One of the suspects, who posed as the victim by showing the latter’s ID and forging his signature, withdrew HK$195,000 cash from two branches of the victim’s bank, in Central and on Nathan Road.

They also transferred HK$5.7 million from his bank account to the bank account of a goldsmith shop in Yau Ma Tei in exchange for 17 gold bars.

The case has been listed as obtaining property by deception.

Investigation has led police to target four Chinese men as the main suspects.

All of the suspects are about 1.7 to 1.75 meters tall. One is aged 50 to 55, another one is thin and short-haired, one is of medium build, while the fourth is bald and chubby.

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