Co-owner of HK’s Peya Travel arrested for suspected fraud
Police arrested woman on Monday after crisis left about 1,000 domestic workers from the Philippines without tickets to return home for Christmas
Police arrested the co-owner of PEYA Travel on Monday for suspected fraud after failing to book tickets for about 1,000 Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong.
About 1,000 domestic workers were stuck in Hong Kong in the week leading up to Christmas after the travel agency failed to provide air tickets for them to return to the Philippines.
Rhea Donna Boyce, 38, was arrested by the Central Police District Crime Squad in her apartment in Wan Chai at 12 noon on Monday on suspicion of conspiring to commit fraud, sunwebhk.com reported.
Police then searched the travel agency on Monday afternoon in Central and confiscated the office’s computers for investigation.
Police said a total of 645 people had filed complaints against PEYA Travel for failing to book flights worth around HK$2 million (US$255,943).
On December 21, a 67-year-old man, whose company provided plane tickets to PEYA Travel, reported to the police that the agency had not paid HK$3 million worth of tickets since May this year.
The police are currently investigating the case.