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Accountants Cheated of $620,000 in Cards Scam

18 May 2005

HONG KONG -- As reported by the (China) Standard: "A group of skilled gamblers cheated professional accountants of up to HK$620,000 at a time in games of 'show hand,' a district court heard Wednesday.

"Deputy District Court Judge Andrew Chan was told that seven men aged between 36 and 49 conspired to swindle accountants on five occasions between March and August last year in a gambling scam colloquially known as Tin Sin Kuk (Heavenly Swindle).

"Prosecution counsel Roderick Wu said that on each occasion, one of the defendants, Cheok Weng-son, would approach a certified chartered accountant, posing as an employee of a new company hoping to set up business on the mainland. Cheok would propose a meeting between the accountant and his 'boss' in a restaurant or a hotel, where the accountant would eventually be led into playing a game of cards.

"On the five known occasions, each accountant lost between HK$180,000 and HK$620,000 after their cards lost to the three 'Jacks' held by one of the other conspirators..."

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