Hundreds of mainland workers in Singapore who were fleeced in a remittance scam will get some of their funds back - but only a fraction of what they may have lost. Officials said yesterday they had recovered a S$100,000 (HK$423,000) statutory deposit made by Wen Long Money Changer at a local bank. The funds would be handed over to the estimated 1,000 foreign workers, who between them are said to have lost S$7 million at Wen Long, officials said. 'The Monetary Authority of Singapore [MAS] will distribute from the statutory deposit an amount to each of the rightful claimants pro rata,' an official said. 'The distribution will not be on a first-come first-serve basis.' The MAS, the country's de facto central bank and financial services regulator, was working with police to assess how many claimants there were and how much each worker was owed. The case came to light earlier this week when hundreds of foreign workers surrounded the shuttered Wen Long offices, anxious that money they had sent from Singapore to relatives on the mainland had not turned up. On Wednesday, police arrested Lam Chen Fong, one of the partners at Wen Long. On Thursday, he was charged with criminal breach of trust and remanded in custody for a week. It is understood that police are also seeking a second, unnamed, partner from Wen Long. The MAS official said details of how workers could reclaim their share of the deposit would be announced as soon as possible. It remains unclear where the S$7 million said to have been lost by the workers is, or whether police can recover the entire amount. The duped workers told local media that Wen Long had been a popular firm for sending funds back to the mainland because it offered competitive rates. As tempers ran high when the scam was discovered, police urged those who had seen their hard-earned funds vanish not to take the law into their own hands. Many of Wen Long's clients worked on construction sites, including Yao Jinxiang, 44, who said that on January 24 he sent S$10,000 to his 20-year-old daughter, who was getting married. She later told him she did not receive the money. Singapore is home to many thousands of foreign workers, who take up menial and low-paid jobs.