ecretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak, said during a press conference that 219 cases of fraudulent business were reported, a 28.8 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
Gaming-related crimes – defined as taking place in or around casinos – were up 15.2% to 424.
Crimes involving unlawful detention, which typically involve loan sharks detaining gamblers until family or friends on the mainland can make good on their gambling debts, were up 18% to 105. On the other hand, crimes of usury – the lending of money at exorbitant rates – was down 16%.
Individuals accused of “false currency” crimes nearly doubled from 50 to 95 cases. Of the MOP 8.8m (US $1.1m) in bogus currency involved in these crimes, all but MOP 400k came from gamblers attempting to introduce bogus casino chips into play.