Identity thief arrested after not paying medical fee
A 29-year-old man was arrested for providing a police officer’s identity when seeing a doctor and not paying medical fee after a treatment.
According to the police, the man used a fake ID card to register in a clinic in Tsim Sha Tsui in August 2020, and the personal information on that fake ID card belongs to a police officer. He then continued to use that fake ID card when visiting clinics until April.
His action was revealed after he was treated and didn’t pay the medical fee on April 12. The police didn’t rule out the possibility that he wanted to skip medical fee by providing fake identification.
The man was arrested yesterday and was charged of using a false document and making off without payment.
In the operation, the police also found out a medical report with personal information of the police officer on it, and 20 ID card copies of other citizens. Investigation is still ongoing, with the police saying that the thief is planning to or has already committed crimes with others’ identification.
Further investigation suggested that the man took advantage of his authority when he was working as a lifeguard, and stole people’s personal information. He provided fake identification in many different situations, attempting to hide his real one.
He once registered a vehicle in the Transport Department with an address that does not exist, according to the police.
Officers reminded the public that they should report to the police over any suspected personal information leak or theft.