Interpol issued this picture along with a wanted notice for Muyang Cheng. An Immigration and Refugee Board decision confirms he is also known as developer Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching. (Interpol)
IRB decision confirms Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching wanted by Interpol, Ching’s lawyer says no merit to allegations
By Jason Proctor, CBC News Posted: May 02, 2015 11:44 AM PT Last Updated: May 02, 2015 2:58 PM PT
Prominent Vancouver developer Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching lost his bid for refugee status because he is wanted by Chinese authorities for embezzlement, according to newly obtained Immigration and Refugee Board documents.
IRB panelist Gordon McRae rejected Ching’s claim for refugee status last October after finding he may have “committed a serious, non-political crime outside of Canada.”
Ching and two other men are accused of defrauding China’s Hebei provincial government out of $502,040 as part of a land deal in the late 1990s.
Also known as Muyang Cheng
The IRB decision, obtained by CBC through Winnipeg Federal Court, confirms that the 45-year-old developer is also known as Muyang Cheng, the man identified on an Interpol arrest warrant.
“The elements of the crime lead me to conclude that it is what would be described in Canada as a ‘White Collar Crime,’” McRae wrote.
“It was committed by well-educated, well-connected, well-established persons, one of whom was in a position of trust.”
The IRB decision lends clarity to confusion that arose after the Chinese government released a list of 100 economic fugitives last month.
The list contains the same picture as an Interpol ‘wanted’ notice for a man named Muyang Cheng.
Chinese media reported Cheng was Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching, but his Canadian lawyers wouldn’t confirm the match.
McRae’s decision leaves no doubt: ”In July 2000, he permanently moved to Vancouver and opened his own land development company called Mo Yeung International, a company he runs to this day.”
Denies all allegations
However, in an emailed statement to CBC News on Saturday, Ching’s lawyer, David Lunny, said the allegations against his client are entirely without merit.
“Mr. Ching immigrated to Canada from China openly and without subterfuge. There were no charges against him in China and no grounds for any charges,” Lunny said.
“He did not flee from anything and he has never been in hiding. He was not then and is not now a fugitive. The accusations which are now made against him by the Chinese government and repeated in the media here are without foundation and they emanated only after a change in the leadership of the Chinese political regime.”