HK police charge Nina Wang feng shui master

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Posted: May 26, 2011 6:00 AM
HK police charge Nina Wang feng shui master

Hong Kong police lodged forgery charges on Thursday against a feng shui master who tried to inherit the multibillion-dollar fortune of late developer Nina Wang, news reports said.

No plea was taken from Tony Chan chun-chuen when he appeared in a Hong Kong court and he was freed after his brother posted a bond of 20 million Hong Kong dollars ($2.6 million), local broadcaster RTHK said. The case was adjourned until July 8.

Chan was arrested in February last year after a court ruled that a will purportedly leaving Wang's estate to him was a forgery. He was later released on bail.

The High Court ruling declared as valid a will from 2002 that left Wang's estate to a charity that she and her late husband founded in 1988.

Earlier this year, a court rejected Chan's appeal, saying he pursued "a thoroughly dishonest case" in trying to claim the estate with a forged will.

Wang, once Asia's richest woman, died of cancer in 2007 at age 69. Her fortune held through her private Chinachem Group has been estimated at around $100 billion Hong Kong dollars ($12.8 billion).

Chan said during the trial last year that he and Wang were in love, sharing a passion for cooking, travel, model helicopters and feng shui _ the Chinese art of arranging objects and choosing dates to improve luck.

The bitter dispute, which pitted Chan against the charity run by Wang's family, fascinated Hong Kongers with its juicy revelations of Chan's affair with Wang, who was nicknamed "Little Sweetie" for her girlish outfits and pigtail hairdo.

Police referred inquiries about Chan to a statement on the government's website that said a 51-year-old man was charged with one count of forgery and one count of using a false instrument. The charges were filed after an "extensive" investigation and advice from the Department of Justice.

Chan's spokeswoman, Kenis Liu, declined to comment on the charges.