Alleged Swindler Scammed Out of $800,000 by New York City Limo Driver
A New York City limo driver allegedly stole the credit card information belonging to a Hong Kong-based near billionaire and racked up nearly $800,000 in fraudulent charges, according to court documents filed in a Federal Court in Brooklyn.
Astonishingly, the victim is so wealthy, he wasn't even aware he had been defrauded of hundreds of thousands of dollars until it was brought to his attention by the company that had issued the charge card.
It all started when celebrity feng shui adviser, Chan Chun Chuen, also known as "Tony Chan" (seen above), traveled by private jet in July 2008 arriving at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport before being transported to Manhattan by Queens, N.Y.-based driver, Peter S. Rahhaoui. According to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, Rahhaoui later used Chan's American Express card to "receive payment and other things of value". The fraudulent activity allegedly occurred between August 2008 and November 2009 .
U.S. Secret Service Agent Kwame Davis testified that he had been contacted by a fraud investigator working on behalf of American Express who was investigating a pattern of fraudulent activity for a card issued to Chan Chun Chuen. According to Kwame's testimony, a large number of charges were posted on a monthly basis by A&S Limousine Service, for amounts ranging between $4,300 and $19,242. According to court documents, the total amount of these charges was $794,986.
But in a strange twist of events, the victim's own alleged misdoings are now being used as a defense by Rahhaouhi.
According to the New York Post, Chan Chun Chuen was arrested in Hong Kong stemming from allegations that he presented a forged will that made him the sole heir to billionaire Nina Wang's fortune. Wang was the richest woman in Asia with an estimated net worth of $4 billion at the time of her death at age 67 three years ago (according to Forbes). But the allegedly forged will is not the only legal trouble in Hong Kong that Chan Chun Chuen is facing. Wang, who was a love interest of Chan Chun Chuen's, allegedly paid him hundreds of millions of dollars for his feng shui skills. According to the NY Post, Hong Kong tax collectors have slapped Chan with a $41 million charge.
Rahhaouhi has pleaded not guilty. According to the NY Post, he is claiming the American Express charges were authorized by Chan Chun Chuen.