A man charged with conspiracy to defraud over an alleged investment scam involving blackmail and false detention has died after apparently leaping to his death.

Sunny Wong, 62, was released from the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday on a HK$1 million bail. Another co-defendant was also charged with conspiracy to defraud following Wong’s arrest on Tuesday.

Wong was discovered dead by police at around 10:39pm Wednesday after he fell from a Yau Ma Tei multi-storey car park.

Sunny Wong. Photo: Apple Daily.

Wong had been accused of involvement in a scam in which a Hong Kong merchant reportedly asked for a loan of RMB 100 million (HK$114 million) from a finance company connected to Wong’s family.

Apple Daily reported that, in February, the merchant was falsely imprisoned in a hotel in Shenzhen for three days, beaten, threatened and banned from eating and drinking. The merchant was also allegedly blackmailed for HK$29 million.

The merchant was rescued after Shenzhen police stepped in. 35 people have been arrested in total by the Chinese and Hong Kong authorities.

Police officers investigating at site of Sunny Wong’s death. Photo: Apple Daily.

The police have said that up to two of Wong’s family members are still at large.

Conspiracy to defraud is punishable by 14 years in prison.

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Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.