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Filipina facing money laundering & illegal recruitment cases gets legal aid

09 July 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

Biscocho and Embrahim appeared in District Court, where their cases are likely to be tried

A Filipina staff who is accused along with her Hong Kong employer in a recruitment agency of conning several jobseekers made their first appearance in the District Court in Wanchai this morning, Jul 9.

Marijane Biscocho, 42, and her boss Lennis Ebrahim, 56, were supposed to enter their plea but this did not happen as the prosecutor said the charges against the two would be amended anew.
Biscocho’s counsel informed the court that legal aid had been granted to his client, and asked for an adjournment for further legal advice.

Judge Kwok granted the adjournment and set the next hearing for Sept 3.

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Biscocho was remanded in custody, while Ebrahim’s bail was extended.

The two are charged with money laundering and 19 counts of applying a false trade description when they offered allegedly non-existent jobs in Hong Kong and Macau to a number of Filipino jobseekers who each paid between $3,000 and $10,000.

They are accused of depositing $127,000 in a Hang Seng Bank account and $510,500 in a HSBC account between 2018 and 2019, the sums being proceeds from an illegal act.

Biscocho is also charged with breaching her condition of stay by working for Ebrahim’s WHT Consulting Company in Kwun Tong between Oct 1, 2018 and Sept 17 last year.

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