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The Tseung Kwan O Anti-Mafia Group and the Criminal Department jointly cracked down on illegal debt collection and led to the arrest of 13 people in loan shark syndicates

2023-01-19T05:40:47.644Z


The Tseung Kwan O Police District began to launch the anti-illegal debt collection plan code-named "Sharp General" in February last year, deploying crime prevention in the vicinity of higher-risk units, and investigating usury finance companies. In the past 10 days, the Tseung Kwan O Police District has anti-gangsters


The Tseung Kwan O Police District began to launch the anti-illegal debt collection plan code-named "Sharp General" in February last year, deploying crime prevention in the vicinity of higher-risk units, and investigating usury finance companies.

In the past 10 days, the anti-triad team of the Tseung Kwan O Police District and the Criminal Department have arrested 13 men (aged 14 to 36) for criminal intimidation and other crimes. They are suspected of being related to a total of 9 illegal debt collection cases from September last year to January this year.

During the investigation, the police found that usury was involved behind the illegal debt collection case, so they searched a licensed finance company in Mong Kok District and arrested 3 men for the crime of "lending money at excessively high interest rates".


The police pointed out that since 2019, the Tseung Kwan O Police District has received a clear upward trend in the number of cases related to illegal debt collection.

Among them, cases involving illegal debt collection activities involving persons under the age of 18 accounted for a high proportion.

In view of this, the criminal department of the Tseung Kwan O Police District will launch an anti-illegal debt collection plan code-named "CHECKMATE" in February 2022, including close monitoring, data analysis and intelligence collection for debt collection cases And deploy near relevant higher-risk target units to prevent crimes, etc.

In addition, officers also conducted investigations into financial companies that illegally collected debts and received high-interest loans, and strengthened contact with the management companies of private housing estates, public housing estates, and HOS in the area to remind them to strengthen relevant security measures.

As of December 2022, the number of related cases of the same type has dropped significantly.

The Anti-Triad Action Group of the Tseung Kwan O Police District and the Criminal Department of the Police District launched an anti-illegal debt collection operation for 10 consecutive days (January 9-18). 10 local men and 3 local boys, aged between 14 and 36, were arrested for "criminal damage" and "loaning money at excessively high interest rates".

They are suspected of being involved in 9 cases suspected to be related to illegal debt collection that occurred in the district from September 2022 to January this year, involving a total debt amount of about 500,000 yuan.

Some of those arrested were suspected of having triad backgrounds.

During the investigation of one of the illegal debt collection cases, the police discovered that usury was involved. They searched a licensed finance company in Mong Kok District and arrested a 28-year-old local man and two 33 years old local man.

Officers also seized a batch of suspicious loan documents, debt collection notes and computers in the company unit.

The case is still under investigation and police have not ruled out more arrests.

All the arrested men have been released on bail pending further investigation and must report to the police in early February

The police reiterated that the maximum penalty for "lending money at excessively high interest rates" and "criminal damage" is 10 years in prison, while the maximum penalty for "criminal intimidation" is 5 years in prison. Citizens should not try their best.

The police also reminded the public to be prudent with their financial management and not to borrow money from informal financial companies.

The police have noticed that more and more young people are being used by criminals for "quick cash". The Tseung Kwan O Police District is very concerned about juvenile crimes and reminds young people not to try their own crimes out of greed.

Source: hk1

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