A nephew of casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun yesterday denied making up a multi-million-dollar claim to recover $15 million for his uncle. The billionaire Mr Ho was swindled out of millions of dollars in the Shanghai Plaza development project by his mainland partner, Gui Aizhen, and was furious, Mak Ka-hing has told the Court of First Instance. 'In 1999, when a furious Dr Ho found out about the swindle, were you instructed by someone to launch this action to recover this money?' defence counsel Robert Whitehead, SC, asked. Mr Mak, 45, denied the suggestion that Mr Ho had paid Gui and her husband $15 million as a consultation fee for the plaza project. Mr Mak, the treasurer of Mr Ho's Casino Lisboa in Macau, is suing Gui's husband, Pang Ming-chung, for the repayment of $14.9 million he said he loaned Mr Pang and another $29.7 million in interest. Mr Pang contests the claim, saying the $14.9 million had been part of Mr Ho's $15 million payment for his and Gui's consultancy work on and 'continuing assistance' in the Shanghai Plaza joint venture. Mr Mak said his uncle ended up paying US$16 million (HK$125 million) to acquire Gui's interest in the joint venture at the request of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau so that the multi-billion-dollar development could continue. Mr Ho is now the sole owner of the commercial complex in Hongqiao district. Mr Whitehead branded Mr Mak's claim the money was a loan a 'complete fabrication'. The plaintiff denied that. He said he was prepared to lend the $14.9 million, which represented about half of his personal wealth in September 1993, to Mr Pang, even though he admitted he had met him only twice before. His only security on the loan, Mr Mak said, was his trust in Gui's ability and willingness to repay the money on her husband's behalf. Gui, 55, formerly a top mainland entrepreneur, was jailed for nine years in May after being convicted of embezzling more than $140 million from the Shanghai Plaza development's Hong Kong investors, including Mr Ho. The hearing before Deputy Judge David Gill continues.