A non-resident worker employed as an alcoholic beverage salesman who embezzled company funds of over MOP 1 million (US$125,000) claimed that he had used the ill-gotten money for gambling, Judiciary Police (PJ) spokesman Chan Wun Man said at a regular press conference on Tuesday.
Another staff member of the alcoholic beverage company reported the case to Judiciary Police last Friday, and the suspect was arrested later that day at his home in Rua da Felicidade, Chan said.
The 31-year-old suspect from the mainland is surnamed Huang. He has worked as a salesman for the alcoholic wholesale company since 2017.
Chan said that Huang joined the company in October 2017 and was in charge of marketing and collecting buyers’ payments.
Under questioning, Huang confessed that he embezzled his company’s funds. He also admitted that he lied when he told his colleagues that some buyers had still not settled their bills. He also told the police that he had gambled away all the ill-gotten money.
According to Chan, the embezzlement payments covered the period between December 18 last year and March 20 this year, involving about 20 customers, each payment ranging from 10,000 to 510,000 patacas, about MOP 1 million in total.
Huang was transferred to the Public Prosecution Office (MP) last Saturday for further investigation, facing abuse of trust charges involving a considerable amount of money, officially defined as exceeding 150,000 patacas.