Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Hong Kong fitness coach jailed over HK$1.4 million credit card fraud

Hong Kong fitness coach jailed over HK$1.4 million credit card fraud
December 17, 2015

A fitness coach working for Hong Kong fitness club group California Fitness has been jailed for three years and four months after the court heard how he secretly used his clients' credit cards to sign up for fitness program worth over HK$1.4 million (US$180,000).

The coach, Nick Mak, had apparently used this tactic to meet his sales targets, which landed one of his four victims with a HK$390,000 card bill that remained outstanding even after she was declared bankrupt.

After his arrest, Mak confessed to charging HKD390,000 (US$50,000) to one of his clients, despite knowing she would be unable to pay.

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, the Hong Kong District Court was told that Mak had asked the four clients to buy California Fitness packages to help him meet his sales targets and promised they could be refunded if they were dissatisfied, despite knowing full well that the company has no such refund policy.

He reportedly used the cards over 60 times, and by doing so earned commissions of over HK$140,000 (US$18,000).

Mak pleaded guilty to 19 counts of fraud, for misleading his clients into thinking they would get full refunds if they were dissatisfied with the training provided, and for using their personal credit information to pay for program under other names.

Judge Josiah Lam said that Mak had "breached the trust the employer had in him".

California Fitness images used for illustrative purposes only.

24th September 2015 - ARRESTED ADELAIDE GYM MANAGER HAS UNFAIR DISMISSAL CASE DISMISSED

19th August 2015 - ONLINE FITNESS PASSES AID HONG KONG EXERCISERS

14th July 2014 - SINGAPORE FITNESS CLUBS HIT BY COMPLAINTS


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

SGL GROUP

SGL is an innovative and progressive lifestyle, leisure and community consulting practice, operated by Phillip Gray and active since 1988. SGL has undertaken an extensive range of sport,…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

Vticket

Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

SYNERGY FITNESS

The Calgym/Synergy group has had a long and proud history since 1976 as world leaders in the innovation, design and evolution of commercial strength and conditioning equipment. The Synergy group was…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

GLADSTONE MRM

Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues

 
 

Australian Innovative Systems

Australian Innovative Systems (AISystems) is a multi-award winning, Australian owned leader in the design, production and supply of commercial and residential chlorine generators and water…

read more

Aquatics / Safety / Technology

 
 

Life Fitness

Life Fitness Cardio Life Fitness Strength Hammer Strength Group Cycling Rowers Certified Refurbished Freeweights Benches & Racks Flooring Life Fitness is the global leader in the fitness…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business