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Money service operator convicted of operating without licence

14 February 2019

A man and a woman were fined $10,000 and $5,000 respectively today (February 14) at Fanling Magistrates' Courts for operating a money service without a valid licence.

Officers of the Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) on patrol earlier discovered a gold and jewellery shop in Yuen Long suspected of operating money service without licence.

Under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance, a person who wishes to operate a remittance and/or money changing service is required to apply for a licence from the C&ED. Any person who operates a money service without a valid licence commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for six months.

Members of the public may report any suspected unlicensed money service operation to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182, or crime-reporting email account (


Ends/Thursday, February 14, 2019

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