One of Vancouver’s richest men faces several serious criminal charges.
David Ho, owner of the University Golf Club and MCL Motors, was arrested following a police investigation that began in late December. Ho burst into public prominence in 1987 when he bought Gray Beverage.
Ho, 57, is charged with the following offences:
”¢ unlawful confinement
”¢ unlawfully causing bodily harm
”¢ storage of a firearm contrary to regulations
”¢ unauthorized possession of a firearm
”¢ possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition
”¢ possession of a prohibited weapon without a licence
”¢ possession of a controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
According to a Vancouver Police Department statement, Ho connected with a woman on a chat line and brought her back to his house on December 28, 2008.
Ho allegedly prevented her from leaving at 4:45 the next morning. She called 9-1-1, a violent struggle allegedly occurred, and she managed to escape after suffering a fractured ankle and minor injuries.
Ho created the now-defunct Harmony Airways, which at one time was headed by former B.C. Liberal finance minister Gary Collins. Ho's father made a fortune as the head of Hong Kong Tobacco Co.
In a Maclean's magazine profile, journalist Peter C. Newman once wrote that Ho "could buy and sell the half-dozen millionaires I have portrayed during the past six months".
In 2005, Ho was involved in a controversy with then-VPD chief Jamie Graham. At the time, the department issued a news release declaring that media outlets had falsely claimed that Ho had paid for hotel rooms at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Vancouver in 2004.
Ho is a former member of the Vancouver police board. He will appear in Vancouver Provincial Court on October 26.