Sunday, 29 May 2011

Fung Shui Master Fights On

Chan's megawatt smile disappeared after his arrest
Fung shiu master Tony Chan Chun-chuen deserves the doggedly determined award this week.

He was arrested and charged on Thursday for forging business woman Nina Wang's will on which he based his failed bid to get his hands on her billions of dollars.

Chan, 51, was picked up by detectives when he was in the Four Seasons Hotel in Central and recalled, "It felt a bit sudden when I was arrested."

This comes a year after the High Court judge ruled Chan had used a fake will and declared the one held by Wang's siblings who run her charity as authentic.

Apparently prosecutors now have fresh evidence over the forged will as there was a forensic report on it.

Chan is keeping lawyers employed as he has some four other legal problems to deal with.

In one of them, Inland Revenue says he owes HK$330 million in taxes for his fung shui services to Wang and Chan even had the gall to ask for a judicial review over the government department's refusal to grant him an extension. He claimed he never got the notice in the first place, but Inland Revenue says it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to inform it of his change of address and this applies to all Hong Kong residents.

And the latest? Chan claims donors to Wang's charity have helped pay for the non-profit's HK$141 million legal fees and demands that their names be released. He lost the court case in February and the judge ruled he had to pay the legal fees. In Hong Kong, third parties cannot intervene to encourage a law suit. From 2007 to 2009, Chinachem Charitable Foundation received HK$132 million in donations and HK$64 million in "loans" or quasi-donations, where repayment by the foundation is discretionary.

"It seems that the sum effectively enabled the trial to go ahead," said Chan's lawyer Alexander Stock, before the High Court on Friday.

But the counsel for the foundation Jeremy Chan said, "This is a public charity. Anyone can donate," adding donors can remain anonymous.

"How can it be against public policy for the foundation to receive financial assistance to protect the public interest and the charitable foundation from the deceased, and to resist litigation against a deceptive forger who is guilty of egregiously abusing the process of the court?" he added.

One can only be flabbergasted by Tony Chan's determination to keep fighting in the courts when he keeps losing -- and over outrageous arguments that don't hold water.

The biggest winners are his lawyers who are finding any way to keep Chan's legal hopes alive.

Who's the bigger scammer now?

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