Thirty year manhunt for crooked Hong Kong cop ends in Burnaby, BC
Lui Lok (90), Vancouver businessman, accused Criminal Underworld figure, former Hong Kong Policeman who fled Hong Kong for Vancouver, BC in the 1970s was laid to rest in a Metro Vancouver Cemetery.
Lui Lok's demise at a ripe old age of 90 at the time of his death ends a 30 year manhunt for the accused underworld figure, though most believe previous and current British Columbia governments and other agencies nudge, nudge, wink, wink, where's Waldo methodology, did not look very hard.
Lui Lok, one of five dragons, along with three Hong Kong policeman were implicated in a 1970's police corruption scandal. Mr. Lok it is said had amassed $500 Million dollars in his police career, thus dubbed the $500Million man.
Mr. Lok put his $500million dollars of ill gotten loot to good use once he reached Vancouver, investing heavily in Vancouver businesses and real estate in the 1980's to the present.
Mr. Lok was not alone, as his former accused crime mates, forty four cops in total also fled Hong Kong for Canada during a Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) probe led by Britain's Sir Jack Carter, tasked to root out rampant police corruption. Thirty of these policemen and their families fled to Canada and invested untold millions and millions of dollars in Canada, with many investing in the lower mainland businesses and real estate as well.
If all the criminal charges against Mr. Lok are true, why did it take 30 years to find him? It leaves many of us with the question how can someone can enter Canada, presumed to be in Canada legally, thus recorded as a permanent resident with a half a billion dollars, who then builds an impressive portfolio in real estate and businesses escaped the attention of all authourities.
Certainly solidifies the notion how anyone like Mr. Lok can conduct a half billion dollars worth of business with impunity in this province and escape the attention by the laundry list of federal and the BC provincial government, courts, various law enforcement agencies, banks, real estate agencies, public registries, trust companies and Revenue Canada etc, who could only find Mr. Lok upon his death of old age?
Today the Hong Kong ICAC Organization will be making a request to the Canadian Government to recoup all of Mr. Lok's Canadian assets as part of their proceeds from crime investigation, whether this will be successful is yet to be seen. Certainly Mr. Lok's family may have a fight on their hands in keeping their family fortune in Canada.