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Old woman pretending to be poor deceived medical expense, sentenced to probation
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The old woman once gained profit from stocks
A diabetic woman claiming to have no dependent children, gained profit from stock market in 2004 but did not declare to Hospital Authority, and applied at Hospital Authority 46 times for medical exemption in a total of 3800 dollars of medical expenses. Her asset net worth was once as high as 600 thousand dollars that her income was double the limit of medical expenses exemption scheme. Therefore, this old woman in connection with the case was charged for fraud due to deceiving HA for free medical care. Yesterday, she pleaded guilty at magistrates Court and was sentenced to jail for four months, but jail term was suspended for 18 months.
71-years-old defendant came with her 78-years-old husband to the Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to fraud yesterday. Defense pleaded that the defendant committed the crime only by momentary greed, and the 3800 dollars had been fully returned, to which the defendant's present savings was only more than 700 dollars.
According to prosecution, the defendant applied for free medical care from HA in 2003, at which she went to the Kwong Wah Hospital and ophthalmology clinic 46 times covering 3800 dollars. When the defendant gained 500 to 600 thousand in stock market in 2004, she deposited the profit in separate accounts. HA verified bank account balance to see whether her income exceeded the limit once every six months, and the defendant did not disclose her 11 other accounts. After arrested by police, the defendant said though she had 3 children, but 2 were not in Hong Kong, and one moved into a halfway house, so she did not support the child in halfway house. She added that she had heavy losses in stock market this year, her account was only left with 700 dollars.
Rude guy yelled for half an hour in a bus just trying to show off in front of his girlfriend
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The guy screaming at bus driver
In Causeway Bay, a replica of the "Bus Uncle" incident happened. A pair of couples, only about 20 years old, claiming to have triad background were on a bus, where the guy was dissatisfied with the driver starting the bus when his girlfriend had not yet stand still causing his girlfriend getting "injured" at thigh, so he ordered the driver to stop the bus and yelled at the driver for 30 minutes. The driver could not continue driving the bus causing congestion as the bus was followed by a long queue of vehicles extending to Tin Hau Railway Station. When police rushed to investigate, the two said they would not take further action, but when the media attempted to interview them, the two relapsed into being rude wanting to hit journalists, but they were stopped by passerbys.
The guy has surname Kueng, and same age girlfriend's last name was Wong. At three o'clock yesterday afternoon, the two got on a bus at the bus stop across from the Central Library in Causeway Bay, during which Wong probably was distracted and did not gripped the handrails tightly when the driver started the bus, therefore loosing her balance and got injured at her thigh. She instantly complained to her boyfriend, so Kueng immediately ordered the driver to stop the bus and used foul and abusive language screaming at the driver, but at the same time they refused to file a report with the police. The driver had no choice but to stop the bus to understand the situation.
Kueng continued to yell at the driver in front of his girlfriend. At that time, nearly a hundred passengers were on board, and were curious about what had happened, so they asked what had happened, but the two appeared complacent for able to scream at the driver that they ignored the passengers and continued to abuse the driver in foul language. After more than 10 minutes, a passenger finally asked whether they needed to call the police, but the two ignored the passenger and continued to shout at the driver. Another passenger wanting to get off the bus, but the two shouted at the passenger demanding the passenger to be their witness. Some passengers were dissatisfied with their insolence that they called the police for help. Affected by the incident, buses following this bus could not park at the bus station, and the queue extended to Tin Hau Station.
When a number of police officers rushed to understand the situation, Kueng was still arrogant, so the Police handled the case as traffic accidents involving injuries. As soon as the police intervened, Kueng and Wong who were rude and arrogant yelling at the driver for nearly 30 minutes had a change in attitude, in addition to obediently handing over their ID card registration information so that police officers could take a look, they also did not dare to make another noise. Since police investigation took time, more than hundred of passengers got off the bus immediately, and the couple did not stop the passengers this time in front of the police officer, and just watched everyone leave in silence. Police immediately arranged for an ambulance, and sent Wong claiming to be injured to the hospital, but the two refused and instead demanded the bus to take them to their destination. Police let the two go on grounds for "reconciliation", so the vehicle was left only the two and the driver.
However, media pursued the two to Causeway Bay where the two got off at where Mitsukoshi department store used to be in Causeway Bay. After the couple found out about the media, and when Kueng saw no police around, he quickly questioned the media and chased after a photographer wanting to hit him. The reporter accompanying the photographer told Kueng to stop, so 2 reporters continued to pursue Kueng. Kueng on the other hand continued to scream loudly that he wanted to hit the reporters, which caused a lot of onlookers looking. At last, someone yelled "police, someone wants to hit another", so Kueng knowing he could be at disadvantage yelled loudly at the reporters and disappeared into the crowd without a trace.
2 Mainland tourists arrested for "laundering" money
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Yesterday evening in Tsim Sha Tsui tourist district, in a boutique, two men by Zhuhai origin used same amount of counterfeit money to buy several 10 dollars of a key chain, then "money laundering" into Hong Kong dollars, but one of them was discovered by the owner of the shop and the two men were arrested by a police officer outside of the shop.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of possessing and using counterfeit banknotes, and were detained overnight. Police officer arresting the two men was a officer from Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station. Because of Christmas and New Year, these long holidays, police stepped up its anti-crime inspections in the winter. Yesterday afternoon when police patrolled in the district, an officer found two men acting suspiciously, that they entered in and out of small stores in side street from time to time. They bought only couple of ten dollars of goods, but paid with hundred Renminbi to exchange for Hong Kong dollars every time, so their behavior aroused the attention of the officer to track them.
To 6:20pm in the evening, the two men turned to a boutique at Granville Road, buying a 10 dollars key chain, again using the same hundred denominations of RMB for payment. After receiving the money, the cashier thought the money paper and printing ink had differences, so the two men immediately escaped but was ambushed by the police officer who followed them, and the two men were immediately arrested. On the two men, police seized 13 hundred dollars with same number banknotes.
Octopus card company shares revenue with charity
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Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation collaborates with Octopus Cards Limited yesterday where people will carry a portable machine for Octopus payment on flag day
Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation collaborates with OCL once again and on yesterday, the companies will use GPRS portable machine to acquire Octopus payment from flag donations in Central, Wan Chai and the Pacific, such Hong Kong Island. The public generally welcomes this new way to donations, but many people find it hard to accept when they realize OCL would charge partial donations for administrative fees, and they believe the minimal OCL should do is to disclose the fees amount. Society for Rehabilitation also says that yesterday's donation through Octopus Card in general is average.
In the past when buying a flat, Hong Kong people have to look everywhere in pockets for coins. It's a pressing life in Hong Kong, and every second counts. Often as a result of a hurry, people do not have coins and cannot buy a flag to do charity, but now there is Octopus card, buying flag is convenient, especially for people with disabilities to buy flag. Therefore, following 2005 and 2006 collaboration with OCL, the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation collaborates with OCL again with a new way to donate through Octopus card. Yesterday in nearby Hong Kong Island MTR Stations, Central, Wan Chai and Tai koo, 20 GPRS portable Octopus payment machines are carried by 20 volunteers in wheelchairs to participate in flag service. The public only have to place their octopus cards above the machine and they can donate. Donors can not select donation amount, but each donation is ten-dollars contribution, and some donation will be be detained for administrative costs.
Many citizens have said that donating by Octopus card is very convenient and saves time because they don't have to spend time looking for change, especially when they have to be in a hurry to go to work; but some people opt not to buy flags with Octopus card because they find the contribution amount being set too high. And when they know find out that part of the funds will be used as administrative fees by Octopus, they cannot accept it. Mr. Cheung spends 10 to 20 dollars buying flags every week says it is convenient to use Octopus card to buy the flag, and believes this method should be made universal. But when he finds out part of his contribution will be held as part of administrative costs, he immediate becomes discontent saying, "Are you kidding me, that's unfair. I would prefer to donate directly to the charitable institution."
Ms. Hsu, a first time Octopus card donor also says she cannot accept the administrative fees from charity contribution, "It's unfair. We want to do some charity, don't want to give money to commercial institution...if business establishment wants to collect administrative fees, it should at least tell us how much it will collect, and so I will know exactly how much really falls into the hands of the beneficiaries." Ms. Hsu believes collecting the administrative fee is not a big issue, but the fee cannot be more than 10 percent. Also, Octopus should publicize charge ratio. If the fee is too high, she will choose to donate in the traditional way. OCL spokesman stresses that the Octopus company donates money to the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation every year, and the donation exceeds a the administrative fee collected from flag donation.
Society for Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Director Poon King-Kwong says donation reduces relative to 2006 result, thus this year result is only average and lesser donation may be due to having less people on the weekend. He also points out that he will improve technical aspect of contribution, making contribution amount more flexible. Society for Rehabilitation Rehabilitation reiterates using Octopus card to collect flag funds is mainly in the hope of allowing chronically ill disabled persons to participate in charitable activity, and also to help them to reconnect to the society. However, some disabled volunteers express that they hope the institutions can give flexibility in donations or reduce minimum contribution so that it would not affect people's desire to donate.
Prospective groom thrown out of car and torn apart
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Tragic death of the driver being divided into two parts, his corpse is covered with a tent
A truck driver just celebrated 31-years-old birthday nine days before and is planning a wedding by taking two part time jobs working over 20 hours trying to save money, lost control of his car yesterday morning near the Merrill village of Sha Tin. The driver probably dozes off, loses control of the vehicle, hits a curb, and he is not buckled in that he is thrown out from the truck. His body is caught in between the curb and the vehicle, and body being dragged along the curb for 100 meters that his body is torn apart. The truck loses control and the unmanned truck travels for another 400 meters before it comes to a halt. The family arrives at the accident scene to pray afterward, but all break down in tears.
The deceased name is Ng Ho-wing, and he has eight brothers and sisters. He is the youngest child and his mother becomes blind in his early years. After studying in primary school, Ng Ho-wing drops out of school early to obtain an occupational license plate to be a truck driver. He and his girlfriend lives together in a flat in Choi Yuen Estate. Though of limited means, he still gives money to his mom on time every month. Earlier this year, he says he will get married with his girlfriend. And in order to earn more money, he takes two part time jobs; one job is to make on-call services delivery with a truck, another is delivering vegetables and newspapers at midnight. Both jobs hour are nearly 20 hours, so rest time is limited.
The accident happens in Tsing Sha Road towards Tai Po Road in the direction of Kowloon, near the Merrill village of Sha Tin. At the site, there's a ramp climbing into a through-road, and the roads are noise screen two-lanes "mini-tunnels". Yesterday morning at 7:50am, Ng Ho-wing accelerates the truck on a slanted ramp merging into the larger lanes that he loses control in the fast lane, crashing into a curb on the right hand side, and he himself being thrown out of the vehicle caught in between the truck and the curb sliding nearly 100 meters. Before he can struggle out of the vehicle, he is already torn apart. The unmanned truck still has momentum gliding down the left side of the carriageway careering through more than 400 meters, repeatedly hitting the left curb roadside and crashing into the curb before coming to a halt. The right side truck dragging along the driver against the curb, and the curb are stained with blood that it is very terrify to look at.
Highway officers found the truck, and firefighters rush to the rescue, but rescue personnel find the victim has already been severed. Police immediately closes the scene for investigation. As a result of no evidence of brake marks, when investigating, police can only determine the cause of accidents by crash marks. Sources say the victim is first thrown out of the vehicle and dragged about 100 meters, the unmanned truck subsequently travels forward for more than 400 meters, and the left body of the truck hits the curb several times before the truck coming to a halt, that is an estimated distance of 500 meters all together.
Police investigates this case in accordance with speeding, mechanical failure and will conduct an in-depth investigation. Yesterday afternoon, the deceased's family comes to the accident site to pray with the assistance of the police. The deceased's fiancee cries in tears, and calling the deceased's name frequently to come "home", and it is a really heart-wrenching scene. Though deceased's blind mother is disabled, she still arrives at the scene, but she did not get off the car.