AMLC, Bangladesh ambassador receive the money from Wong’s lawyers
CASINO junket operator Kam Sin Wong, also known as Kim Wong, on Monday surrendered an additional P38.28 million to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), his lawyer said.
This is on top of the initially surrendered $4.63 million, part of the $81 million stolen by hackers from the Bangladesh Bank.
Wong, represented by his legal counsels Victor Fernandez and Inocencio Ferrer, Jr., turned over the money to AMLC member and Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc, Executive Director Julia Abad and Bangladesh Ambassador to the Philippines John Gomes.
Bangladesh Bank representatives and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Gov. Vicente Aquino witnessed the turn over.
“We turn over to the central bank exactly P38.28 million,” Fernandez told reporters in an ambush interview after the accounting of the funds by the BSP Cash Department.
Fernandez said the amount represents the abandoned money of junket player Gao Shu Hua, in Eastern Hawaii Leisure Company Ltd. (EHLCL) and/or Midas Casino.
He added that the surrendered money is the P40 million more or less funds that Wong had mentioned in the Senate hearing.
“Kim Wong is one of the stockholders of Eastern Hawaii,” he stressed. “Kim Wong also mentioned in the Senate hearing that he was also willing to return P450 million, but he requested a period of 15 to 20 days within which to complete the funds. According to Mr. Wong, he was even willing to sell properties to be able to raise the necessary money.” MAYVELIN CARABALLO