Recent ICAC Cases

15
Jul 2020
Ex-director of engineering company charged with fraud over $390,000 works payments

A former director of an engineering company has been charged by the ICAC today (July 15) with deceiving a building maintenance service provider into making payments for air-conditioning maintenance works for 13 years totalling about $390,000.

Chu Lin-tak, 68, former director cum shareholder of Windfall Engineering Limited (Windfall Engineering), faces one count of conspiracy to defraud, contrary to Common Law.

The defendant will appear in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Friday (July 17) for plea.

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

The Jardine Engineering Corporation, Limited (Jardine Engineering) is a building maintenance service provider. Technical staff members of Jardine Engineering are authorised to contract out maintenance works, including air-conditioning maintenance works, to its approved subcontractors.

At the material time, the defendant was a director cum shareholder of Windfall Engineering. Windfall Engineering and another engineering company operated by a friend of the defendant were both approved subcontractors of Jardine Engineering.

The charge alleges that between an unknown day in 2005 and April 9, 2018, the defendant conspired together with two then technical staff members of Jardine Engineering to defraud the company by falsely representing that works stated on invoices of the two aforesaid approved subcontractors, including Windfall Engineering, had been completed, thereby causing and inducing Jardine Engineering to make payments to the two approved subcontractors.

It is alleged that Jardine Engineering was caused to make payments for air-conditioning maintenance works totalling about $390,000 to the two approved subcontractors.

Jardine Engineering has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

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

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