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Scams and swindles

Hong Kong man arrested at airport for scamming woman for sex and HK$100,000

Suspect ran indoor Buddhist temple in Mong Kok and promised to help victim reunite with ex-boyfriend

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 October, 2017, 12:44pm
UPDATED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 6:55pm

A Hong Kong man convinced a woman that having sex with him would win back her ex-boyfriend and duped her out of HK$100,000, police have said.

The 27-year-old suspect, who runs an indoor Thai Buddhist temple in Mong Kok, was arrested for procuring an unlawful sexual act with false pretence when he returned to the city from Thailand on Tuesday afternoon.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail under the Crimes Ordinance.

A female clerical worker, 30, reported the crime to Hung Hom police on Monday.

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At about 3pm Wednesday, officers escorted the hooded and handcuffed suspect to his temple in a commercial building on Nathan Road in Mong Kok for a house search. Shortly before 1pm, the man was escorted by police to his flat to gather evidence.

The Post was told the victim had learned about the suspect’s temple through an online advertisement in January. In the ad, the suspect claimed he was a master of Asian black magic.

She was told performing a rite could help change her fate and reunite her with her former boyfriend
police source

“She was told performing a rite could help change her fate and reunite her with her former boyfriend,” a police source said.

The victim made three payments totalling HK$100,000 for two rites performed by the suspect in his Mong Kok temple. It was understood the temple was established in June last year.

The woman failed to get back with her ex-boyfriend. Instead, the source said, she was “tricked into having sex in the temple on two occasions in April and July after being told the sexual act could help change her fate”.

The victim realised she had been scammed after discussing the matter with her friends.

The suspect, who is married, was then placed on a list of persons wanted by police as officers failed to find him in the temple or at his home, also in Mong Kok. He was later arrested at the airport.

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The suspect was still being held for questioning and has not been charged. Detectives from Mong Kok police station are handling the case.

Police appealed for other victims or anyone with information to call +852 3661 8545 or 3661 1642, or contact officers at Mong Kok police station.