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Filipina DH charged with laundering $2.3m

07 June 2024


The Filipina appeared in Tuen Mun court to face the money laundering charge

A Filipina domestic helper appeared in Tuen Mun court yesterday, charged with handling illicit money totaling nearly $2.3 million that passed through her MOX bank account within only 10 days in March this year.

No plea was taken from Maureen Joy L. Romero, 41, and she was remanded in jail until her next court appearance on Jul 24.

According to the charge, Romero dealt with the sum of $2,296,076 which passed through her  account with MOX Bank Limited, numbered 74966154325, between Mar 14 and 24 this year, despite “knowing or having reasonable ground to believe,” that the property “in whole or in part, directly or indirectly represented the proceeds of an indictable offense.”


Meanwhile a Filipino resident again appeared in District Court on a charge of laundering the equivalent of HK$5.5 million in his Bank of China account betweem Aug 5 and Oct 21, 2020.

Jose Rizaldo Ledesma, who is said to be also known by the names Jose Rizaldo Raymundo Ledesma and Tose Rizhido R. Leoesma, 57, is accused of having laundered a total sum of 5,500 Euros and USD706,468.21 in his Bank of China account between Aug 5, 2020 and Oct 21, 2020.

He is charged alongside Wong Chiu-sang, 51, who faces a separate count of laundering the equivalent of more than HK$7.30 million through his Standard Chartered Bank account.


Wong’s account is said to have been used to launder a total of HK$1,705,319.28 and USD719,851.25 between Aug 13, 2020 and October 31, 2020.

The case against Ledesma has been adjourned to July 7 for mention, and his bail of $400 was extended until then.

Wong, who is out on $4,000 bail, will appear in court again on Mar 31, 2025 for plea.

Money laundering is a crime under sections 25(1) and 25 (3) of the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance , Cap. 455.

The maximum penalty for anyone found to have committed the offence is 14 years’ imprisonment and $5 million in fines.

In a long line of cases that have been dealt with in Hong Kong’s criminal courts, the offence has always been punished with imprisonment, even if the accused has admitted the charge.

In one of the latest cases, a Filipina DH was sentenced to two months in jail after she pleaded guilty to laundering just over $20,000 through her bank account.

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