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Hong Kong corruption watchdog nabs Kazuo Okada

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Hong Kong corruption watchdog nabs Kazuo Okada

Hong Kong authorities have arrested former Universal Entertainment Corporation Chairman Kazuo Okada in connection with corruption-related offenses.

Hong Kong corruption watchdog nabs Kazuo OkadaIn a disclosure to the Japan Stock Exchange, Universal confirmed Okada’s arrest in Hong Kong, noting that the Japanese billionaire was later on released by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) after posting bail.

The announcement did not indicate the amount that Okada paid in exchange for his temporary liberty.

“Further, Mr. Okada had duly resigned from the directorship of our Company on 29 June 2017 and he has no further connection with us whatsoever. Notwith standing the aforesaid, we will render our full support and assistance to the ICAC and other law enforcement authorities should the situation require,” the company said in a statement.

Okada’s arrest came more than a year after he was kicked out of the company he established during a boardroom coup. During its three-month investigation, Universal found Okada to have committed three “fraudulent” acts for his personal gain.

These fraudulent acts include the multi-million dollar illegal fund outflows from its Hong Kong-based subsidiary Tiger Resort Asia Ltd (TRA); the alleged illegal use of Universal Entertainment Korea Co Ltd to create a security interest for an $80-million financing deal for Okada Holdings; and the 2015 transfer of an HKD135-million (US$17.3-million) loan with no collateral and no interest to TRA.

In December, Universal lodged a HK$136.05 million (US$17.4 million) suit against its former chairman before the High Court of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

In a nutshell, the new suit against Okada stemmed from the loans made to Goldluck Tech Limited and the unauthorized issuance of check from TRA. Universal claimed that between February and March 2015, Okada used TRA to provide a HK$135 million (US$17.26 million) to Goldluck Tech Limited without requesting any collateral and without imposing any interest.

The company claimed that HKD 120.05 million (US$15.35 million) of the loan had not been recovered yet.

Universal also accused Okada of instructing TRA’s person in charge of accounting to prepare a bearer check of HK$16 million (US$2.05 million) for “his personal gain.”

Aside from the case in Hong Kong, Okada has pending lawsuits in the Philippines and in Japan.

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