Recent ICAC Cases

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May 2020
Duo charged with HK$1.77m bribery over sale of season-end fashion products

A former president of the Hong Kong branch of an Italian fashion house and a trading company operator have been charged by the ICAC today (May 21) with conspiracy for the former president to accept illegal rebates totalling about HK$1.77 million for arranging season-end products worth over HK$12.6 million to be sold to a Mainland online discount retailer.

Michel Didier Raymond Gonzalez, 54, former president of Dolce & Gabbana Hong Kong Limited (D&G HK), and Jiang Jiafeng, 42, operator of now defunct Imoda (HK) Ltd (Imoda HK), jointly face three counts of conspiracy for an agent to accept advantages, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and Section 159A of the Crimes Ordinance.

The defendants will appear at the West Kowloon Magistracy this afternoon for mention.

At the material time, Gonzalez was the president of D&G HK, which distributed products, namely clothing, leather goods, footwear, accessories, jewellery and watches of the brand “Dolce & Gabbana” in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region. Jiang was the operator and major shareholder of Imoda HK which engaged in trading of luxury fashion items.

One of the charges alleges that between August 1, 2013 and January 14, 2014, Gonzalez and Jiang conspired together and with another person for Gonzalez to, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, accept an illegal rebate of HK$400,000 from Imoda HK, as an inducement to or reward for Gonzalez to cause stocks of D&G HK to be sold to a Mainland company which operates an online discount retailer of season-end products from international brands, including “Dolce & Gabbana”.

The second charge alleges that between July 30 and September 2, 2014, Gonzalez and Jiang conspired together and with the aforesaid person for Gonzalez to, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, accept an illegal rebate of over RMB 770,000 (over HK$962,000) from Imoda HK for the same purpose.

The remaining charge alleges that between January 1, 2015 and February 23, 2016, Gonzalez and Jiang conspired together and with the aforesaid person for Gonzalez to, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, accept an illegal rebate of over HK$400,000 from Imoda HK for the same purpose.

It is alleged that under the above arrangement, season-end products of “Dolce & Gabbana” worth totalling over HK$12.6 million were sold to the abovementioned Mainland company.

D&G HK has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

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