$1m-loss merchant seeks aid

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 April, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 April, 2000, 12:00am

A merchant who lost more than $1 million worth of fabric in an alleged fraud on the mainland is appealing for help from the Beijing authorities.

In late 1996, Leung Wai-ki signed an agreement with a Naning, Guangxi, hotel manageress who claimed to be a public official, that the fabric would be stored at the home of her mother.

But the fabrics, the manageress, her mother and other family members disappeared.

Mr Leung called in the police in February 1997 but no arrests have been made.

He found his fabrics on a stall at a cultural centre in Naning in June 1997 and the stall operator said they had been sold to him by the manageress at 20 cents a metre.

'Over the past three years, I have been running between Hong Kong and the mainland and have spent thousands of dollars trying to recover my loss,' Mr Leung said.

'I'm now exhausted but the swindlers are still out there.' Mr Leung took his plight to Tsuen Wan District Board member Albert Chan Wai-yip who has conveyed his appeal to the Public Security Bureau in Beijing.

Mr Chan has yet to receive a response.