Toronto

Police charge 3 in gambling extortion case

Toronto police said Wednesday they charged three men earlier this week in connection with an ongoing extortion investigation that targeted Asian casino goers.

Toronto police said Wednesday they charged three men earlier this week in connection with an ongoing extortion investigation that targeted Asian casino goers.

Police have charged three men in what they describe as an extortion operation that targeted casino gamblers. ((Associated Press))

Police said the two men from Toronto and a third man from Markham, Ont., posted advertisements in local Chinese newspapers offering loans. The ads were directed at Toronto-area gamblers who often took bus trips to local casinos.

"The accused men prey upon the vulnerability of gamblers who attend casinos throughout Ontario, and are in need of fast cash and sometimes accompany groups to the casinos," police said.

Victims report threats of violence

Police said the group arranged for the loans then collected the debts at inflated interest rates, often making it impossible for victims to ever pay back the original loan amount.

In some cases, the victims reported being threatened with violence if repayment is not made.

Police said the victims have been cooperative with police and believe there may be more victims.

Sun-Ming Chan, 46, of Toronto and Kwok Kong Leung 46, of Toronto, have been charged with attempting to obstruct justice, and extortion. Kin Sing Cheung, 29, of Markham has been charged with extortion.

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