MANILA, Philippines – The Hong Kong police have arrested the Filipina co-owner of the travel agency that left hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded after their flight bookings for the holiday were not confirmed.
According to South China Morning Post (SCMP), the police on Monday arrested Rhea Donna Boyce, 39, for ‘conspiracy to defraud’.
Boyce co-owned Peya Travel agency with Australian husband Peter Bryan Boyce who also faces arrest if investigation proves he is involved in the alleged scam.
Rhea Boyce on Saturday showed up for a meeting with Philippine consulate officials in Hong Kong with her legal representative but “refused to answer questions,” SCMP said; citing sources.
Investigation on Boyce started on Friday after hundreds of angry Filipino migrant workers turned up at the Hong Kong International Airport only to find out their bookings were either not confirmed or non-existent.
The Philippine government has since stepped in to shoulder the expenses of the affected OFWs to allow them to travel home and spend the holidays with their families.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) also vowed to launch an investigation against Peya and its owners.