Credit card case intrigues Leung’s wife

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Staff reporter

The wife of former chief executive Leung Chun-ying was sued by American Express over credit card debt of more than HK$93,000, but she says she has already made payments.

American Express filed a subpoena in the District Court on Wednesday, claiming that Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee should have paid a bill of HK$93,155.41 at the end of April.

Regina Leung told local media yesterday that she had received a letter from American Express last month asking her to make payments but did not mention an amount. She said she called the company several times and then made a payment in mid-May.

She said she received another letter on Friday, saying she still had several thousand dollars in debt to settle. She said she wired the money yesterday.

Regina Leung said she did not understand why American Express had filed a writ, adding that she would contact the company.

The writ read: “Despite Plaintiff’s repeated demands and demands for payment, including Plaintiff’s attorneys’ letter of demand dated May 4, 2022, Defendant has refused, failed or otherwise neglected to pay and settle said sum. total amount of HK$93,155.41 or any part thereof and related late fees.”

American Express asked the court to order Leung to also pay a late payment fee — at the rate of 35.34% per annum from April 29 to the date of payment — as well as court costs.

Leung, 65, is president of the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association and a lawyer by profession.

She married the former chief executive in 1981 and they have a son and two daughters.

American Express offers three featured cards, including the American Express Explorer Credit Card, with which the cardholder can enjoy premium lounge access at Hong Kong International Airport.

American Express did not respond to questions from The Standard and Leung Chun-ying did not comment.

Regina Leung was embroiled in a 2016 controversy over her daughter Leung Chung-yan’s hand luggage at Hong Kong International Airport.

It sparked a judicial review in the High Court after Cathay Dragon flight attendant Law Mei-mei claimed the airport authority breached a rule that baggage checks must be carried out in the presence of the owner.

The court ruled in favor of the stewardess and said baggage checks at Chek Lap Kok airport should always be carried out in the presence of the owner.

The incident began when Leung Chung-yan walked through the gate for her flight to San Francisco and then realized she had forgotten her carry-on bag.

Phone calls followed, including one from his father to the airline.

Leung Chun-ying, however, denied pressuring airline staff.

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