Recent ICAC Cases

13
May 2020
HKJC member charged with offering $10,000 to betting booth staff

A Full Member and horse owner of the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has been charged by the ICAC today (May 13) with offering $10,000 to HKJC staff working at a betting booth at the Sha Tin Racecourse.

Wong Leung Sau-hing, 61, faces one count of offering an advantage to public servants whilst having dealings with a public body, contrary to Section 8(2) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO).

The defendant will appear at the Shatin Magistracy on Friday (May 15) for plea.

At the material time, the defendant was a Full Member of the HKJC and a co-owner of a horse. During her application for full membership, the defendant acknowledged that she understood the HKJC was a public body under the POBO.

All members of the HKJC were reminded tips or gratuities to HKJC employees were forbidden except a yearly contribution to staff of HKJC in the Chinese New Year.

On December 9, 2018, the defendant attended an Owners Private Box at the Sha Tin Racecourse. At one of the races, the horse which she co-owned won the first place.

The charge alleges that on the same day, the defendant, without lawful authority and reasonable excuse, whilst having dealings with the HKJC, offered $10,000 to an Assistant Branch Manager and other HKJC staff working at a betting booth near the abovementioned box.

The HKJC staff concerned rejected the defendant’s offer and reported the matter to the management of the HKJC, which referred a corruption complaint to the ICAC.

The HKJC has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

The defendant has been released on ICAC bail, pending her court appearance on Friday.

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