Love Bytes: Hong Kong doctor says she lost HKD22.58 million to ‘fortune teller’ boyfriend she met online

June has definitely not been a good month for ladies in love. Just ask this unfortunate family.

A doctor, surnamed Chu, claims she was swindled out of HKD22.58 million by a fortune teller lover she met online last year. 

A judge demanded a temporary freezing of the defendant’s global assets with immediate effect in High Court yesterday, HK01 reports.

During the course of their relationship, the lovesick doctor allegedly showered her then-boyfriend with expensive gifts including a mobile phone, watch, tablet, and second-hand car. In addition, Chu says she transferred “at least HKD5.5 million” to her paramour’s bank account.

The defendant, surnamed Sin, previously worked in education, computing and finance, and most recently ran an online fortune-telling business from 2010 to 2015. 

Chu says she was smitten, and even thought she and Sin could get married someday. The couple was apparently supposed to attend a gala dinner together in December, but Sin reportedly failed to show up and could no longer be contacted by Chu. 

While searching for her missing boyfriend, Chu was shocked to find he was actually married, as of early 2014. 

She has since laid charges at the High Court, seeking over HKD22 million from her estranged ex-boyfriend. The plaintiff claims that the funds rightfully belong to her, while the defendant insists that they were gifted to him legitimately.

According to the affidavit, the six housing properties Sin currently holds in Tuen Mun and Cheung Kwan O currently were bought partly with the fortune he received from Chu. 

 


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