Recent ICAC Cases

08
Sep 2020
Property agent charged with fraud over false claim of meal expenses

A property agent was charged by the ICAC yesterday (September 7) with deceiving an estate agency into reimbursing him meal expenses totalling over $81,000 by using receipts purportedly issued by four restaurants.

Wong Koon-wai, 49, property agent of Centaline Property Agency Limited (Centaline Property), faces one count of fraud, contrary to Section 16A(1) of the Theft Ordinance.

The defendant will appear in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (September 9) for plea.

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

At the material time, the defendant was a team head of Centaline Property posted to a branch in West Kowloon. He was entitled to claim reimbursement of expenditures incurred from meals with clients or team building activities.

The charge alleges that between May 9, 2016 and October 17, 2017, the defendant falsely represented to Centaline Property that six receipts issued by four restaurants genuinely reflected the amounts incurred, with intent to defraud, induced Centaline Property to pay a total of over $81,000 to him, which resulted in benefit to him or in prejudice to Centaline Property.

Centaline Property 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 tomorrow.

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