NZ couple on run in Macau and mainland
A New Zealand service station owner and his girlfriend who fled the country after mistakenly being credited with millions of dollars have been living it up in Macau and on the mainland, according to Facebook postings by a family member who has also become a fugitive.
Aroha Hurring, 22, is wanted along with Leo Gao and his girlfriend Kara Yang, her sister. They fled New Zealand after Westpac bank deposited NZ$10 million (HK$48.2 million) instead of NZ$100,000 to help Mr Gao's struggling business around May 5. The bank spotted the error after NZ$6.7 million was withdrawn, but only managed to get back less than half of that amount, leaving Mr Gao with NZ$3.8 million.
Ms Hurring has posted updates on Facebook about their life on the run. One, apparently from Macau, reads: 'Aroha Hurring is having a Tsingtao beer. It's 30 degrees plus - the heat is good though,' according to a report in The New Zealand Herald. And on the mainland, she said: 'It's crazy. The only thing I hate is that they look at me funny.'
New Zealand police say Interpol has been working closely with Hong Kong police and authorities in Beijing to try to catch them.
Hong Kong police have refused to comment on the case.
Mr Gao's mother has also disappeared, along with his business partner. Mr Gao's BP service station in Rotorua went into receivership on May 8, by which time the couple had already left the country.