Recent ICAC Cases

08
Oct 2020
Ex-director of NGO guilty of fraud over $4.2m printing orders

A former director of a non-governmental organisation (NGO), charged by the ICAC, was today (October 8) convicted at the District Court of conspiracy to defraud for deceiving the NGO into awarding printing orders worth about $4.2 million by using false quotations.

Lee Tze-chiu, 57, former director of special events team of Project Orbis International, Inc (Orbis), was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud, contrary to Common Law.

Deputy Judge Emily Cheung Sau-kwan adjourned the case to tomorrow (October 9) for sentence and remanded the defendant in the custody of the Correctional Services Department.

The case arose from a corruption complaint referred by Orbis. Subsequent ICAC enquiries revealed the above offence.

At the material time, Lee was the director of the special events team of Orbis. The team was responsible for organising and managing all special fund raising events of Orbis in Hong Kong, and conducting procurement exercises for printing and design services. Three written quotations were required for comparison for each procurement exercise.

Between January 2013 and November 2017, the special events team conducted procurement exercises for 34 printing orders for Orbis. Promptitude Printing Co. (Promptitude) was one of its printing suppliers.

The court heard that Lee and the proprietor of Promptitude, Eddie Ng Tat-ming, had conspired together to defraud Orbis by falsely representing to Orbis in the procurement exercises for the 34 printing orders that two competitors of Promptitude were offering to provide printed materials for Orbis at higher prices.

As a result, bidding prices of Promptitude were purportedly the lowest, and the 34 printing orders in a total sum of about $4.2 million were awarded to Promptitude.

Ng, 62, who was jointly charged with Lee, earlier pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud and will also be sentenced tomorrow at the District Court.

Two other co-defendants Andy Lam Siu-kei, 58, former senior development manager of special events team of Orbis, and Thomas Kwan Ka-wah, 46, proprietor of Janmex Creation (Janmex), a design service supplier of Orbis, earlier pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud. Lam further pleaded guilty to a charge of using false instruments, contrary to Section 73 of the Crimes Ordinance.

The court heard that during the abovementioned period, Lam and Kwan had conspired together to defraud Orbis by falsely representing to Orbis in the procurement exercises for 13 design orders that two competitors of Janmex were offering to provide design services for Orbis at higher prices.

Because of their false representation, bidding prices of Janmex were purportedly the lowest in those procurement exercises. As a result, the 13 design orders in a total sum of over $2.2 million were awarded to Janmex.

The court also heard that Lam had used two false quotations purportedly issued by two other design companies in the procurement exercise for another design order.

Lam and Kwan will also be sentenced tomorrow at the District Court.

Orbis had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

The prosecution was today represented by prosecution counsel Alex Ng, assisted by ICAC officer Gigi Ng.

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