Ex-sex-photos suspect jailed over card fraud

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 November, 2008, 12:00am

A former suspect in a recent celebrity sex-photo scandal has been jailed for 27 months for using fake job records to obtain dozens of credit cards.

Chung Yik-tin, 30, admitted last month to using photocopies of fake salary vouchers and bogus passbook records to obtain a HK$1.25 million credit limit using mostly gold and platinum cards issued by banks. He also obtained a HK$50,000 personal loan and a HK$60,000 overdraft using the fake documents.

Chung has been representing himself in the District Court trial, and did not ask Judge Joseph Yau Chi-lap for leniency yesterday.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Yau said the frauds were premeditated and well planned. He noted Chung's confession but said he was motivated by greed.

Chung could have advanced his career had he redirected the time, attentiveness and patience he put into planning the crime.

Chung faked the passbook records by making monthly money transfers through the internet. He transferred a sum from his father's account into a company account he owned, then into his own account. The sum was finally transferred back to his father's account.

Chung made the applications for the credit cards, 32 in total from 11 banks, between July 2003 and July 2006 in his own name and extra cards for his uncle or mother.

The former decoration worker was the first suspect charged in the internet release of sex photos involving actor Edison Chen Koon-hei and female starlets. The Department of Justice later dropped a charge of publishing an obscene article and he was released after two weeks.

A police officer said the latest case came to light during the investigation of the sex photos in January.