A Hong Kong couple was charged with credit card abuse in Macau yesterday after allegedly making 125 withdrawals from a faulty automatic teller machine and escaping to the mainland carrying $1.1 million in cash. On September 27, the 27-year-old man and his 21-year-old partner, both unemployed, arrived in Macau as tourists, Macau police said. They lost all their money in casinos, as well as a $20,000 cash advance on a credit card. The couple then used the card to obtain cash, both in Hong Kong dollars and Macau patacas, from an ATM until the machine was emptied. 'They did not know whether the bank's central system was malfunctioning or whether the ATM was broken, but they knew that something was wrong - otherwise they would not have been able to obtain the cash,' said Chui Iat-ping, a spokesman for the Macau judiciary police. After being unable to contact the couple, the bank that issued the credit card reported the case to Macau police. The pair were arrested when they returned to Macau on October 5. Police recovered cash totalling $6,000 and jewellery and watches valued at $130,000. The couple said they had lost the rest of the $1.1 million while gambling, a police spokesman said.