3 Pinoys jailed in Hong Kong over forged documents: DFA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 20 2019 09:35 PM

MANILA - Three Filipinos were imprisoned in Hong Kong for opening bank accounts using forged documents, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

The DFA, in a statement, said the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong is providing free legal assistance to the three call center employees who were sentenced to 5-month imprisonment last Monday. 

The three were arrested on Oct. 12, 2018 and are expected to be freed next month after "serving a reduced sentence for pleading guilty to two counts of 'using a false instrument' before the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts," the DFA said.

It said the Filipinos went to Hong Kong in October and opened bank accounts, believed to be used for money laundering, at the Bank of China and Standard Chartered Bank using falsified documents.