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Duo jailed for money laundering

     Two foreign women, aged 33 and 42, were jailed for 27 and 28 months for money laundering at District Court yesterday (May 28) and today (May 29) respectively.

     The Court heard that, two defendants were requested to arrive Hong Kong and open a number of bank accounts with counterfeit passports in October 2009. They then deposited a number of sums with large amount into those accounts in order to obtain rewards.   

     The banks later found the defendantsˇ¦ identities with suspicious and suspected the money deposited was crime proceeds. A report was made to the Police.

     Officers of Commercial Crime Bureau took over the case and after in-depth investigations, arrested the defendants in December last year in Sheung Shui. Investigations revealed that both defendants belonged to a crime syndicate, which opened more than a hundred bank accounts for dealing with crime proceeds over $30 million.     

     The defendants were subsequently charged with ˇĄdealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offenceˇ¦ and sentences were handed down yesterday and today respectively.

Police Report No. 273
Issued by PPRB

Ends/Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Issued at HKT 20:06


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