Hong Kong police raid bogus law firm over HK$900,000 fraud case
Partners of Lam, Fung & Lee discovered not to be members of Law Society
Police raided a bogus law firm in Central for its alleged role in a conspiracy to defraud case in which a woman was allegedly cheated out of about HK$900,000.
The firm, Lam, Fung & Lee Solicitors, was last week confirmed to have no registration in the Law Society. Its three “partners” were not members.
According to police, the victim was referred to borrow HK$800,000 from a bank through a middleman, who recommended the firm to her to handle the necessary procedures.
The bank later offered the woman a loan of HK$880,000, and transferred the funds through the firm.
The victim later visited the office to find it closed and locked, and decided to notify police.
Officers broke into the office in Asia Standard Tower on Queen’s Road East, Central, on Monday after securing a court warrant, seizing a large number of documents.
Police are still looking for its operators, as they believe there could be more victims involved.
The firm’s website claimed it had been established for more than 20 years.
Lam Ka-leung, Niki Fung and William Lee Hoi-pong were listed as partners.
Eight other people were listed as associates.
All of them presented their qualifications and areas of practice with their pictures.
A security guard at the Central office told the media the unit was leased to the firm last month.
Besides the “main office” in Central, the firm also claimed to have three other offices in Tuen Mun, Kwai Chung and Sha Tin, but the addresses did not exist.