A man suspected of being the target of two mainland policemen caught apparently carrying out duties in Hong Kong without authorisation, yesterday denied criminal accusations against him carried by the mainland media. The migrant, Wu Yonghong, is facing possible deportation after the Immigration Department was said to have refused his application for permanent residency in the city. It could lead to potentially serious consequences for the 44-year-old, who lives in Mount Davis Road, given the accusations of dubious business dealings and serial rape he faces on the mainland. The Immigration Department yesterday declined to confirm or deny whether Mr Wu, a Fujian native, had been denied permanent residency, saying it did not comment on individual cases. But a spokesman for the department stressed that persons convicted of unlawfully obtaining travel documents to settle in Hong Kong would have their residency revoked and be deported. Mr Wu said in a statement printed in the mass-circulation Oriental Daily yesterday that the residency issue 'involved legal proceedings' and he could not comment on it. He said the criminal accusations levelled against him in the mainland media were false. He said they were lies made 'by powerful persons on the mainland who had business disputes with me'. The Beijing-backed Wen Wei Po printed an article last month, sourced to Xinhua in Fujian, saying Mr Wu was responsible for a 9-billion-yuan fraudulent loss of a securities company in the province. The controversy started in June, when seven mainlanders, including two officers from the Public Security Bureau carrying handcuffs, were caught outside his Mount Davis Road residence. The Department of Justice advised against prosecuting the seven people for loitering and possession of an offensive article, on the grounds of insufficient evidence.