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Filipina accused of pulling $35,000 rental scam on 2 victims

20 April 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The Filipina whose status is unclear, was told to return to court if she wants to apply for bail

 A Filipina described in court as having no fixed address has been charged in Kwun Tong Court of duping two would-be tenant of a total of $35,000 in January last year.

Anna A. Cabanban who is in custody, appeared today, Apr 20, before Magistrate Ivy Chui to face two counts of “obtaining property by deception”.

Magistrate Chui adjourned the case until Jun 1 when it will be moved to Eastern Court, and remanded Cabanban in custody.
The prosecution said that on Jan 7 last year, Cabanban fraudulently took $14,000 from Lee Hok-bun and another $21,000 four days later from a second victim, Rupert Nicholas Bickmore.

The charge said that the defendant received the money from Lee for falsely leasing a vacant flat on 36-38 Connaught Road, Sheung Wan “with the intention of permanently depriving (Lee) by deception.”

Cabanban allegedly used the same modus on Bickmore when she took his money on Jan 11 last year by pretending to lease to him a vacant flat on the fifth floor of Man On Commercial Bldg at 12-13 Jubilee St, Central.

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No details were mentioned as to how the Filipina, who holds a HK ID card issued to a foreign domestic worker, managed to convince the two men that she had authority to lease the flats to them.

The charge sheet did not mention, either, when Cabanban was arrested.

Chui did not take a plea from the defendant, and told her to return to court on Apr 27 if she wished to apply for bail.

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