Cousin of Bank of East Asia chairman in Hong Kong guilty of HK$10m fraud

A cousin of Bank of East Asia chairman David Li Kwok-po was convicted of fraud yesterday for scheming to get a former girlfriend and her mother to put millions of dollars in a bogus investment company.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2012, 3:47am

Job killings becoming rarer, despite latest events

A woman takes photos of the scene of a shooting outside the Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue August 24, 2012 in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

HACKENSACK, N.J. — On Friday morning, Jeffrey Johnson, who lost his job as a clothing designer a year ago, shot and killed Steven Ercolino, the vice president of the women's apparel company where Johnson had worked, near the Empire State Building.

27 Aug 2012 - 11:11am

Under China's watch, Macau won't return to 'gangsters' paradise'

An aerial shot of central Macau. Photo: Xinhua

Three murders, hammer-wielding heavies, and a high-profile police swoop have raised concerns that Macau, the world's casino capital, may be backsliding to the bad old days of the late-1990s. And that's even before ex-triad boss "Broken Tooth" ends a 15-year jail sentence in December.

27 Aug 2012 - 4:15pm

Drive for housing should never falter

A lull in the public controversy about illegal structures does not mean the issue has gone away. Now is a timely opportunity for reflection.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Ludicrous' laws fail trafficking victims

Hong Kong's 'ludicrous' and 'inept' human-trafficking laws are punishing victims of the crime rather than those who bring them to the city, a leading human rights solicitor says.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Increase in MTR thieves 'fishing' for smartphones

Pickpockets are using earphone cords as 'fishing lines' to steal smartphones in crowded MTR carriages and stations, police warned. And indecent assaults and covert photography on trains are also on the rise, according to official figures.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The children's champion

Even before moving to Thailand, Malina Zlatkova Enlund had heard stories about children being subjected to sexual abuse and then sold to human trafficking rings in Southeast Asia. But a meeting with an Aids-stricken 12-year-old in a desolate hospital room finally drove the Bulgarian-Canadian to act to fight a trade that overpowers and destroys young bodies and minds.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Women warned after rape and sexual assault

Police have warned women to be alert and stepped up patrols in Mong Kok after a rape and a sexual assault were carried out within 500 metres of each other early yesterday.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Boys 9, 10, sought by police over extortion

Police are looking for two primary school pupils who are accused of extorting HK$1,500 from an eight-year-old schoolmate who stole from his grandmother to pay them.

The pair, aged nine or 10, are alleged to have intercepted and demanded money from the boy in a park outside the Long Ping Estate in Yuen Long several times last week.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK laws 'fail to combat human trafficking'

A US State Department report has delivered a scathing assessment of Hong Kong's laws against human trafficking, comparing the city's record on combating the problem to that of Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Serbia.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rape victims' parents seek justice on web

Government apathy and a local media blackout in a case involving a teacher who allegedly raped at least eight primary-school girls have forced parents in the northwestern province of Gansu to seek help online.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Burglaries down but more cash is taken

The number of burglaries dropped in the first four months of the year but more cash and valuables were taken in the raids, police figures show.

One of the most prominent victims was Taiwanese musician Liu Jia-chang, who lost property worth more than HK$14 million when his luxury three-storey home in Tseung Kwan O was targeted in April.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

World Bank blacklists mainland company

The World Bank has banned a private mainland company, Zhonghao Overseas Construction Engineering, from bidding for contracts for two years, under the bank's fraud and corruption policy.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Fraudsters' new scam snares job seekers

Anxious job seekers are being warned of a new scam in which their identity cards may be used to obtain loans or to buy iPhones.

Some victims even face prosecution after being duped into using false documents to get loans, police say.

Eighteen people fell victim to such scams in the first three months of this year, compared with 13 over the same period last year.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Firms face rising e-fraud threat

E-mail fraudsters ramped up attacks against companies nearly 14-fold in the first quarter of this year, prompting police to set up a new squad to fight them.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am