HK Police to submit Peya case to DOJ

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The shuttered Peya Travel agency office in Central.

THE Hong Kong Police are set to submit the Peya Travel case to the Department of Justice (DOJ), a consular official said.

Consul Paul Saret, head of the Philippine Consulate General-Assistance to Nationals Section, said investigators informed the consulate that they were set to submit the case to the Hong Kong DOJ for it to determine if a case should be filed in court.

“The latest development is it’s for evaluation of the Department of Justice,” Saret said in an interview.

“The police said (in the third week of September) that they were about to forward the case to the DOJ,” he added.

Saret said the HK Department of Justice would review the case and determine if there was enough evidence to pursue charges in court.

The Peya Travel agency is under investigation for the ticketing mess in December last year which left hundreds of Filipino domestic workers stranded at the HK international airport during Christmas.

The police are trying to determine if there was a “conspiracy to defraud” Peya customers.  A police spokeswoman said the suspects in the case were invited to appear again before investigators in the first half of this month.

Peya co-owner Rhea Donna Boyce and her husband Peter were taken into police custody right after the ticketing mess late last year but they were released on police bail. Boyce had denied any wrongdoing.

On the other hand, the police arrested Peya marketing manager Arnold Grospe in Central in June after months of searching for him. He was also allowed to post bail.

After the ticketing mess, Consul General Antonio Morales urged Filipino businesses in Hong Kong to police their ranks.

“Kakausapin natin ang mga Filipino business associations at sasabihin natin na magpo-police sila ng ranks nila,” he said.

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