Hong Kong, May 5 (IANS) Hong Kong police on Thursday said they raided a beauty salon and arrested 11 women, after customers accused it of offering fraudulent medical treatments.
Police said seven people suffering from cancer, skin disease and depression were allegedly cheated out of 5 million Hong Kong dollars ($645,000) on treatments reportedly involving oxygen inhalation and infrared light therapies, the South China Morning Post reported.
The patients were also asked to sign a declaration that they would not receive other treatments and take other medicines, acting chief inspector Cheng yat-pang of Wan Chai police district said.
He said the victims realised they were deceived after their health conditions did not improve, but got worse, with two of them dead.
In the office of the beauty salon in Pennington Street, officers seized equipment, computers, documents and some controlled drugs such as anaesthetics.
Police began investigation after receiving seven complaints against the beauty salon late last year. Two of the complaints were lodged by family members of the deceased.
Cheng said initial investigations showed the beauty salon offered such treatments for three to four years, adding that police were also investigating whether the they were involved in illegal practise of medicine.
According to police, the 11 suspects aged from 30 and 68 were bosses and employees from the salon and the health consultant centre.