CY seeks culprit of ‘strange’ credit card drama trapping his wife

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Staff reporter

American Express has “sincerely apologized” to Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee after suing her for credit card debt of more than HK$93,000, according to her husband and former chief executive Leung Chun-ying.

On June 8, American Express filed a subpoena with the district court, claiming that Leung should have paid a bill of HK$93,155.41 by the end of April. Shortly after, Leung came forward to say that she had already paid the bill.

CY Leung took to Facebook yesterday to say the company had sought to make amends with his wife through their legal team, saying they ‘sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to Ms Leung’ .

However, he said the incident cannot be ignored. “This incident is strange and an investigation is still ongoing to find out who should be held responsible,” he said.

In brief, American Express said it had “repeatedly requested ‘payment’ including in a letter dated May 4, 2022 ‘but Leung’ ‘refused, failed or otherwise neglected to pay and settle said total sum of 93,155 HK$.41 or part thereof and related late fees.”

The company then asked the court to order Leung to also pay late payment fees – at the rate of 35.34% per annum – and court costs.

Leung later told local media that she did indeed receive a letter requesting payment last month, but did not mention an amount. She added that she called the company several times before finally making a payment in the middle of last month.

On June 3, she said, she received another letter telling her that she had several thousand dollars of debt left to pay off, so she transferred the sum six days later.

She added that the incident may have been due to her earlier cancellation of automatic payment services for several accounts.

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