A magistrate yesterday ruled that a tsunami survivor facing 13 charges of obtaining $113,272 in welfare payments by deception has a case to answer. Tuen Mun Deputy Magistrate Raymond Wong Kwok-fai ruled that Leung Wai-kei, 28, who spent seven hours adrift with her husband Ko Chung-keung when the tsunami struck Phuket, Thailand, on December 26, 2004, has a case to answer. Leung is accused of falsely claiming that she had lost contact with her husband since July of 2003. Yesterday, she denied all charges at Tuen Mun Court. Her husband attended the hearing. Senior government counsel Jackson Poon said Leung started receiving an extra $225 single-parent assistance - apart from the $9,455 monthly allowance - after telling the Social Welfare Department in October 2003 that Ko had disappeared. But the Immigration Department noted nine records of the couple leaving and arriving in Hong Kong together from February to December 2004. Defence lawyer Chan Siu-ming said hiding the fact that Leung was in touch with her husband could only amount to an accusation of making a false claim, but was not a means to deceive. But Mr Wong ordered that proceedings continue.