Recent ICAC Cases

Jan 2021
Duo admits $94,000 bribery for subcontracting air-conditioning projects

A former supervisor of an air-conditioning contractor and the proprietor of a subcontractor, charged by the ICAC, admitted at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts today (January 4) bribery charges involving illegal rebates totalling over $94,000 for subcontracting air conditioner cleaning and installation projects.

Yip Pak-leung, 46, former supervisor of Homcare Specialty Limited (Homcare), pleaded guilty to five counts of agent accepting an advantage, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO).

Co-defendant Cheng Fai-wong, 49, sole proprietor of Tai Day Company (Tai Day), admitted two counts of offering an advantage to an agent, contrary to Section 9(2)(a) of the POBO.

Principal Magistrate Mr Peter Law Tak-chuen adjourned the case to January 18 for sentence, pending background reports. The defendants were remanded in the custody of the Correctional Services Department.

The court heard that at the material time, Yip was a supervisor of Homcare, an air-conditioning engineering company. He was responsible for arranging technicians to provide air conditioner cleaning and installation services. In the event of insufficient manpower, Homcare would contract out some of its projects to subcontractors, including Tai Day owned by Cheng.

Between April and August 2016, Homecare awarded two cleaning projects to a subcontractor. They involved around 400 air-conditioning units of a department store and about 160 air-conditioning units of a temple at over $150,000 and around $65,000 respectively.

Upon completion of the two projects, Yip accepted illegal rebates totalling at least about $7,600 from the subcontractor as rewards for awarding the two projects.

The court heard that in late December 2018, Yip further accepted illegal rebates of $47,000 through a third party for awarding a number of air-conditioning projects to a second subcontractor.

The court also heard that on January 21, 2017 and February 10, 2018, Cheng issued a cheque in $20,000 on each occasion, totalling $40,000, to Yip as tea money for air-conditioning projects awarded to Tai Day. Yip encashed the cheques upon receiving them.

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

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Jeff Ng.

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