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Tourist charged with trying to cash fake US$2 billion in bank drafts

08 May 2018

A 57-year-old Filipina businesswoman appeared at the District Court on Apr 17 facing a charge of “using false instruments” for attempting to cash US$2 billion worth of allegedly bogus bank drafts in Tsimshatsui last October.

Elena S. Orosa was originally scheduled for plea-taking, but Judge Anthony Kwok adjourned the hearing for two months at the request of the defense.

A defense counsel said the woman was getting a Legal Aid lawyer and needed time for legal advice.
The judge said the defendant must prepare to plead whether she is guilty or not. He extended the woman’s bail.

Orosa, a tourist, was arrested on Oct 18 along with another Filipina visitor, Veronica F. Yambao, after they allegedly tried to cash the bank instruments at a Hang Seng Bank branch on Hankow Road.
Hang Seng staff who noticed that the bank drafts were fake alerted police and the two women were nabbed.

Orosa and Yambao were initially charged at Kowloon City Court on Oct 19. They were allowed to post bail of $6,000 each. The case came up for second mention on Dec 1, when the prosecution applied to transfer the case to the District Court.  There was no mention why only Orosa was named in the transfered case.

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