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Fortune teller held over forging of tycoon's will

HONG Kong police yesterday arrested a 50-year-old fortune teller accused of forging a will that left him the multi-billion dollar estate of his late lover, tycoon Nina Wang, who was once Asia's richest woman.

Two wills emerged after Ms Wang died of cancer at age 69 in April 2007. One will left her fortune to a charity she set up with her late husband and another named feng shui adviser Tony Chan Chun-chuen as the beneficiary.

A Hong Kong court on Tuesday sided with the charity, ruling the will that benefited Mr Chan is a forgery.

A Hong Kong police spokeswoman said Mr Chan was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection to a document forgery case. She said Mr Chan wasn't immediately charged.

The will case fascinated this money-worshipping city with its juicy detail about Mr Chan's affair with Ms Wang, who was nicknamed 'Little Sweetie' for her girlish outfits and pigtail hairdo.

Mr Chan, who started seeing Wang when his wife was pregnant with their eldest son, said they were genuinely in love, sharing a passion for cooking, model helicopters and feng shui.

But the High Court Judge ruled against Mr Chan yesterday, describing him as a scheming sycophant who used a forged will to cheat Ms Wang of her fortune, worth at least tens of billions of Hong Kong dollars, according to her family.

Mr Chan said he was innocent and that he will appeal the ruling.

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