Hong Kong agent among 48 accused charged with gambling



Posted: Aug 24, 2021, 7:48 a.m.

Last update on: Aug 24, 2021, 10:01 a.m.

A Hong Kong police officer was one of 48 defendants brought to a local court on Monday on charges of illegal gambling. Authorities allege that he was one of the operators of the illegal gambling joint and provided poker games.

If convicted of the gambling charge, he could face a two-year prison sentence
Ng Hin Fung leaving the Hong Kong court, pictured above. The former policeman was arrested on a gambling charge. (Photo: Brian Wong /South China Morning Post)

Ng Hin Fung, 29, is charged with two counts: operating a gambling establishment and knowingly authorizing a banned public assembly. The second charge relates to health protection measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If convicted of the gambling charge, he could face a two-year prison sentence and be ordered to pay a fine of HK $ 5 million (US $ 641,613). If convicted of public assembly, he faces six months imprisonment and a fine of HK $ 25,000 (US $ 3,208).

The police officer’s case continued until October 11 in Kowloon City Court. He was released after posting bail of HK $ 10,000 (US $ 1,283).

Two other defendants also face charges for allegedly exploiting the play space. They are Kong Wing Sum, 29, and Wong Chun Long, 24, according to the report. South China Morning Post.

Officer suspended from office

The officer was suspended from his duties as constable, on Morning message noted. He worked at the Cheung Sha Wan Police Station.

A total of 36 men and 12 women were charged following an April 10 raid of a 1,600 square foot space in the Selwyn factory building in the densely populated Kwun Tong neighborhood, the Morning message noted.

Poker games were held in the commercial space between March 27 and April 8, police said. Ng supplied Texas Hold’em poker games.

Four poker tables were discovered inside the gaming operation during the raid. Police seized approximately HK $ 600,000 (US $ 77,182) in cash and tokens. We also found 20 decks of cards and various gaming accessories.

Among those charged were the likely manager of the gambling den and four potential dealers. They face a charge of assisting in the management of a gambling establishment. Many of the other suspects were gamblers at the gambling den.

They were between 18 and 54 years old. Most are in their twenties. Among them are students, a fashion designer, white-collar workers, as well as a few unemployed, the Morning message noted.

Several defendants have already pleaded guilty in the cases brought against them. Senior Magistrate Ada Yim Shun Yee fined each of the 21 defendants HK $ 1,000 (USD 128). Sentences have been delayed for other suspects.

Previous game raids

In April, Hong Kong police apprehended 29 suspects in a second gambling raid.

Last December, a police raid on a suspected luxury casino led to 16 arrests. Authorities also seized approximately HK $ 24 million (US $ 3 million) in tokens, HK $ 215,000 (US $ 27,711) in foreign currency and 200 decks of playing cards from the operation.

Those apprehended included 11 suspects described as big players. They were arrested at a luxury apartment complex in the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district, the Morning message noted.


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