Recent ICAC Cases

Sep 2020
Security guards charged with bribery over employment and extra allowance

Two security guards of a property management company were charged by the ICAC in two cases yesterday (September 3) for separately conspiring with a supervisor for the latter to accept bribes totalling $18,000 for keeping the employment of one of the duo and granting extra allowance to the other.

Philip Choi Yuk-chor, 61, security guard of Guardian Property Management Limited (Guardian), and Chan Chau-wo, 64, former security guard of Guardian, each faces one count 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 in the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts next Monday (September 7) for plea.

At the material time, the defendants were employed by Guardian as security guards. They were both posted to the Central Government Offices (CGO) under the supervision of a property manager of Guardian.

Apart from a monthly salary, special allowances ranging from several hundred dollars to around $3,000 would be granted to the defendants, subject to their posts, shifts, attendance records, performances, workloads and seniority, etc.

In the case against Choi, the charge alleges that between August 1, 2018 and July 8, 2019, Choi conspired together with the aforesaid manager and another security guard for the manager to accept $1,500 per month from Choi without lawful authority or reasonable excuse as an inducement to or reward for assisting Choi to keep his employment with Guardian.

It is alleged that Choi had paid bribes totalling $15,000 to the manager.

In the case against Chan, the charge alleges that between September 1, 2018 and January 8, 2019, Chan conspired together with the manager for the latter to accept $3,000 from Chan without lawful authority or reasonable excuse as an inducement to or reward for granting extra special allowance to Chan.

It is alleged that extra special allowance totalling $4,000 was granted to Chan.

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

The defendants have been released on ICAC bail, pending their court appearance next Monday.

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