Four held for mainland birth scam
Police arrested four Hong Kong residents and are looking for two other men following the arrest last week of two pregnant mainland women on charges of using suspected bogus doctors' certificates to book obstetrics services in Hong Kong.
The women - Chen Xiachua, 33, and Su Zhongling, 39, - were arrested last Wednesday when they tried to use the suspected forged documents to make appointments at Princess Margaret Hospital. They were later charged with using a false instrument, appeared in Kowloon City Court on Saturday and were remanded in custody. The case was adjourned until August 12.
Two women and a man were arrested in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sheung Shui and Tin Shui Wai on Saturday. The two women, aged 39 and 45, are insurance agents and the man, 61, owns a guesthouse in Tsim Sha Tsui. They were released on bail.
Crime squad officers were investigating whether they worked as middlemen to help mainlanders give birth in Hong Kong, police said.
Yesterday, a 34-year-old woman resident was arrested when she was crossing a border checkpoint into Hong Kong.
Police believe she was also involved as a middleman.