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Hong Kong Triad boss arrested in US$129 million fraud case

By David Amoruso

Triad leader Kwok Wing-hung has been arrested at Hong Kong airport Thursday after arriving from Thailand. He is charged with conspiracy to commit criminal intimidation, conspiracy to wound with intent, and conspiracy to blackmail.

Police believe the 58-year-old crime boss had conspired with a retired Hong Kong senior superintendent to steal a large sum of money and conspire to commit fraud in Macau, involving up to HK$1 billion (almost $129 million U.S. dollars.) The Macau Judiciary Police is still investigating the case.

Kwok Wing-hung, nicknamed "Shanghai Boy,” is an alleged dragon head in the Wo Shing Wo Triad, part of the Wo group, and one of Hong Kong’s biggest Triads.

He made headlines around the world several months ago after he was punched in the face at Hong Kong’s most famous five-star Peninsula Hotel. He was also suspected by police of involvement in the bloody slashing of three people at the Yau Yim Kee fruit store as some sort of retaliation for the hotel beating.

After the hotel incident, “Shanghai Boy’ disappeared for seven months, while police placed him on their wanted list. He popped up in Japan in March where he did an interview with a Hong Kong magazine in which he claimed he wasn’t fleeing, but merely traveling.

And traveling he did, ending up in Phuket, Thailand, before flying back home to Hong Kong where he now has to face criminal charges in the court of law.

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