Asian couple involved in New Zealand bank fraud may be in China

May 21st, 2009 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Wellington, May 21 (ANI): An Asian couple is understood to have fled New Zealand to China after a banking error involving millions of dollars surfaced.

According to a report by the New Zealand Press Association and the website, a police liaison officer was sent to China recently to search for the couple after 10 million dollars was deposited into their bank account. It is understood that the money has been recovered.

The couple, who ran Rotorua service station BP Barnetts, are understood to have applied to Westpac Bank for a 10,000 dollar overdraft and mistakenly had 10 million dollars paid into their account.

Westpac media relations manager Craig Dowling would not comment on the specifics of the case due the police investigation and court actions requiring confidentiality.

Police had asked international police liaison organisation Interpol to help find the couple.

BP Barnetts closed its doors earlier this month after its operator, Heights Service Limited, went into receivership.

The service station, at the intersection of Otonga, Old Taupo and Devon roads, was owned by Huan Di Zhang and Hui Gao. The pair was listed at a West Harbour, Auckland address.

Rotorua’s The Daily Post newspaper reported that the company owed money to creditors.

The creditors report, being prepared by Corporate Finance Limited, is not due until 19 July. Corporate Finance Limited would not comment on the matter. (ANI)

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