Two Filipinas were sentenced to prison after they were found guilty of defrauding an Australian businessman of nearly HK$1 million.
Judge Josiah Lam issued the verdict to send Lyrma T. Cabe and her accomplice, Olivia A. Ramo in jail for two years and two months after they pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and overstaying.
The defendants admitted that between 2014 and 2015 they carried out the fraud which the judge described as “not sophisticated” but was done with some planning and persistence. Both women admitted to defrauding the victim, 64, of HK$940,000 from 2014 to 2015.
“Not a single centavo was recovered and the defendants are not in a position to pay (the victim),” the judge said.
The women arrived in Hong Kong as tourists in 2012 but have breached their condition of stay and have since overstayed in the city.
Judge Lam said a Filipino businessman introduced the defendants to the victim. The Filipino told the victim that the women were processing an inheritance claim with HSBC. Cabe was supposed to be the legal heir to a fortune worth $25 million that was deposited in the bank.
Judge Lam said Cam, 45, who used to work at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila, produced documents to support the false claims.
“(The victim) believed the inheritance money story and started financing (Cabe),” Judge Lam said.
From May 2014 to October 2015, the Australian gave HK$862,370 and US$11,000 to the defendants. They allegedly promised him HK$4 million, and then $6 million later, if they get the “$25 million inheritance” from HSBC.
Once the victim realized he was being conned, he immediately reported the case to the police. The two women were later arrested on Nov. 5, 2015.