Conmen take businesses for ride over theme park work

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 March, 2000, 12:00am

Fraudsters have been cheating people on the mainland into giving money to secure bogus contracts for work on the Disney project.

The conmen, posing as government officials, have been inviting contractors to work on the theme park and then pocketing 'fixing' fees.

The men have used bogus papers purporting to be from the Guangdong foreign economic relations bureau and other government offices and have claimed victims from Hunan, Hainan, Yangjiang, Zhanjiang and Huizhou, according to a Guangdong newspaper.

They claim the SAR is in need of marine sand and stone to build the park and Container Terminal 9, according to the Guangdong-Hong Kong Information Daily.

They then extract 'entertainment fees' from businesses, saying they can help them win contracts to export to Hong Kong.

The paper quoted mainland authorities as saying all reclamation projects, including exportation of marine sand and stones to places such as Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong, were operated under a joint corporation authorised by the Guangdong Government.

No other companies are allowed to conduct the business.

Hong Kong has a reserve of marine sand amounting to 20 million to 30 million cubic metres.

In Wailingdong Island, part of the Zhuhai special economic zone, there is sufficient marine sand for Hong Kong to use for the next 10 years.


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