The Wan Chai District Court. Photo: Asia Times
The Wan Chai District Court. Photo: Asia Times

Another Filipino tourist faced court in Hong Kong this month after trying to bank a fake check for US$100 billion last year, joining a growing list of Filipinos detained with bogus checks.

Celerino L. Tinana, an elderly man from Ilocano, was arrested after he presented the check to staff at a branch of the Bank of China in Kowloon in November last year, reported.

Police were alerted while he was waiting in the bank for the check to be verified. Judge Eddie Yip at the District Court on November 14 adjourned the case to January next year at the request of the prosecution and extended Tinana’s bail.

Tinana became the latest in a growing number of Filipino tourists, many of them elderly, who were arrested over the past two years on similar charges. Several were convicted, three were acquitted, while the rest are awaiting trial.

It is not clear whether the fake checks and other instruments came from the same source, or whether some or all of the accused, had known each other. On November 12, Filipino-American woman Elena S Orosa was sentenced to 30 months in jail by the District Court for trying to deposit a fake check for US$2 billion in a local bank.

Another elderly tourist, a 76-year-old Maria Ilao Gosilatar, will have her case heard on Wednesday. She has been in custody for nearly two years after she allegedly tried to cash a fake check for US$50 million at the Hang Seng Bank.

Two Filipino tourists will be tried next year for allegedly trying to cash fake deposit slips and fake traveler’s checks.

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