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Freeland says no apparent link between China row and Canadian arrested in Macau

WATCH: Chrystia Freeland says no apparent link between Canadian arrested in Macau and China detentions

OTTAWA – Canada’s foreign-affairs minister says the federal government is trying to get consular access to a Canadian man arrested in Macau over the weekend on fraud allegations.

Chrystia Freeland says the government has no reason to believe that the 61-year-old’s arrest is linked with the cases of two other men detained in China in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a top Huawei Technologies executive.

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The South China Morning Post, citing local media, said the Canadian is accused of trying to defraud an unnamed entertainment company of $375 million.

The newspaper says the man, whose full name is not given, allegedly tried to use fake papers to transfer the money from the company’s account to an account in Hong Kong.

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Macau’s Judiciary Police say in a statement online that officials arrested the man as he was about to leave the gambling hub.

Police say he is charged with falsifying documents and attempted fraud.

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