Composer tells of switch and scam

Local | Maisy Mok 24 Nov 2020

Maisy Mok

Cantopop composer Mark Lui Chung-tak told a District Court yesterday his assistant forged checks and made unauthorized bank transfers, stealing about HK$2.5 million from him and his companies.

Dominy Cheng Kar-yan, 36, pleaded not guilty to one count of using false instrument and six counts of theft.

Testifying before Justice Clement Lee Hing-nin, Lui said Cheng was hired as his personal assistant in 2010 under his company Moon Studio and was responsible for daily operations.

Cheng showed Lui a copy of his monthly credit card statement on September 3, 2013 and prevented him from checking the original statement, saying it had been given to an auditor.

The court heard that Cheng had allegedly used a fake credit card statement to make Lui believe it was an authentic document.

Lui then asked Cheng for the original statement again later and realized the credit card balance had been changed from HK$390,000 to HK$290,000.

The modification aroused Lui's suspicion, and he subsequently found two checks with forged signatures.

He also found bank deposit slips in Cheng's office desk drawer showing transactions from Lui's accounts to Cheng's between January and September 2012.

Lui also discovered used checkbook stubs, checks with forged signatures, waste papers with his forged signatures and receipts of purchases that did not belong to him.

Cheng allegedly stole about HK$2.5 million from Lui and his companies' accounts, including those belonging to Lui, Mark Lui and His Music Production, Power Music and On Your Mark, between January 5, 2012, and September 3, 2013.

The hearing continues today.

maisy.mok@singtaonewscorp.com



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