Cop jailed for defrauding lover

Local | Stella Wong 10 Oct 2019

A police constable was yesterday jailed for eight months for defrauding his girlfriend out of HK$95,000 to buy items including a Rolex watch.

Cheung Wing-ting, 25, defrauded his girlfriend under pretenses such as repaying his mortgage and starting a new job.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud in West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts. The prosecution offered no evidence for one count of perverting the course of justice.

Magistrate Jason Wan Siu-min heard that Cheung met Lee Mi-mei through a dating app in June 2015. Using a fake name, Cheung claimed to be part of a police anti-triad squad.

At his requests, Lee, who earned only HK$12,000 a month, loaned him HK$69,000 in total on 14 occasions over 11 months between July 18, 2015 and June 9, 2016.

In July 2016, Cheung told Lee that he had blood clots in his brain and asked for money to settle his medical expenses and mortgage repayments.

Lee further loaned him a total of HK$26,500 on six occasions between July 16 and December 10, 2016.

In January 2017, Cheung told Lee that he had decided to become a London Gold trading agent, claiming that he had to buy a Rolex watch for work.

Lee purchased a HK$62,000 watch for Cheung on March 2017, which he promised to repay.

They later broke up in the same month.

The defense sought mitigation based on Cheung's police service but was denied due to the fraud not being an isolated incident.

Wan said Lee lent Cheung money because she trusted him, but Cheung took advantage of her vulnerability.

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