Recent ICAC Cases

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Jun 2020
Ex-electrician jailed for accepting $100,000 bribes over employment of fellow workers

A former electrician of a construction company, charged by the ICAC, was today (June 22) sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment at the Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Courts after admitting that he had accepted illegal rebates totalling over $100,000 from two fellow electricians for securing their employment with the company.

Wong Ka-wah, 46, former electrician of China Overseas (Hong Kong) Limited (China Overseas HK), pleaded guilty to 11 counts of agent accepting an advantage, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance. 

Magistrate Ms Kelly Shui ordered the defendant to pay $103,450 as restitution to China Overseas HK.

In sentencing, the magistrate reprimanded the defendant for abusing his position to exploit other fellow workers.

The court heard that at the material time, a subsidiary of China Overseas HK was engaged by the Airport Authority Hong Kong in a foundation construction project at the Hong Kong International Airport. The defendant was an electrician of China Overseas HK deployed to conduct electrical cabling works for the project.

Due to manpower shortage, China Overseas HK encouraged its electricians, including the defendant, to introduce fellow electricians to work for the project.

In April 2017, the defendant referred a fellow electrician to work for the project. The defendant told the fellow electrician that his daily wage would be $1,200 and that he had to give the defendant a rebate of $350 per working day.

The court heard that the fellow electrician did not want to lose the job opportunity and agreed to pay the daily rebate reluctantly. On seven occasions between May 8 and November 9, 2017, the fellow electrician had paid rebates totalling $61,950 to the defendant.

In July 2017, the defendant further introduced his brother-in-law to work for the project as an electrician. The defendant told the brother-in-law that his daily wage would be $1,100 as he did not have any relevant working experience. The brother-in-law was subsequently offered the job at a daily wage of $1,200.

Afterwards, the defendant said he could assist the brother-in-law to earn an extra daily wage of $300 by arranging him to work at the open floor area and solicited from him a rebate of $400 per working day.

The court heard that the brother-in-law acceded to the defendant’s request and paid cash rebates totalling $41,500 to the defendant on four occasions between September 7 and December 9, 2017.

China Overseas HK had rendered assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Lawrence Yau.

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