Macau’s former chief prosecutor held for alleged fraud

(From Macau Daily Times)

Macau’s former top prosecutor Ho Chio-meng  has been arrested late Saturday for his alleged role in illicit business transactions amounting to MOP167 million ($20 million) between 2004 and 2014 when he was heading the Public Prosecutions Office (MP), legal sources said.

Ho Chio-meng

Ho Chio-meng

Ho was arrested when he was trying to take a ferry to Hong Kong.

According to Commission Against Corruption (CCAC), former high-ranking officials from MP are under investigation

In an official press note released in Macau, the commission said “of the whole amount, suspects may have received at least MOP44 million” in kick-backs.

The investigative team headed by Andre Cheong said former MP employees and managers of companies involved in the transactions are suspected to have committed fraud, illicit participation in business, abuse of power and forgery.

Macau judicial authorities applied coercive measures on the suspects, including provisional detention.

The case is still under investigation, the sources said.

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