Recent ICAC Cases

23
Jan 2020
Two former HyD subcontractor staff admit submitting false road inspection reports

Two former assistant road inspectors of a subcontractor of the Highways Department (HyD), charged by the ICAC, today (January 23) admitted to separate charges of conspiracy to defraud the HyD by submitting road inspection reports containing photographs with falsely altered dates.

 

Lam Hung-fai, 30, and Lee Yin-hong, 32, both former assistant road inspectors of Wah Fung Engineering Company Limited (Wah Fung), each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud, contrary to Common Law.

 

Principal Magistrate Ms Bina Chainrai adjourned the case to March 5 for mention. Lam and Lee were granted bail.

The case arose from a corruption complaint. Subsequent ICAC enquiries revealed the above offences.

 

The court heard that in 2017, the HyD awarded a term contract to Chiu Hing Construction and Transportation Company Limited (Chiu Hing), which then subcontracted related works to Wah Fung.

 

Under the contract, Chiu Hing was required to deploy road inspectors to conduct regular road inspections in Hong Kong Island and prepare reports supported by real-time photographs of the roads taken during the inspections.

 

At the material time, Lam and Lee were employed by Wah Fung as assistant road inspectors to carry out inspections and prepare reports for roads in Western District and Central District respectively.

 

Lam was under the supervision of an assistant to network manager and a senior site agent of Wah Fung while Lee was supervised by the assistant to network manager of Wah Fung and a project manager of Chiu Hing.

 

Due to insufficient manpower to complete the necessary road inspections, Lam and Lee respectively conspired with their supervisors between different periods from April to October 2017 to defraud the HyD by dishonestly submitting various road inspection reports containing photographs of roads in which the dates had been falsely altered.

 

The court heard that Lam and Lee had modified the dates shown on the relevant photographs purporting that they were taken on the dates when the corresponding road inspections were performed.

As a result, the HyD was induced to accept the actual conditions of the roads on the dates as specified on the photographs were as depicted in them.

 

Four other former assistant road inspectors of Wah Fung, Kwan Siu-hang, Kwong Chun-ho, Lo Ting-fung and Lam Chi-shing, aged between 27 and 30, were also each charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud in the case. No plea was taken when they appeared at the Eastern Magistracy today. Their case was also adjourned to March 5 for mention.

 

The HyD had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

 

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Romeo Chu.

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