Recent ICAC Cases

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Jan 2021
Duo charged with $185,000 bribery over supervision of cable trenching works

A former manager of a sister company of a power supplier and a contractor were charged by the ICAC last Friday (January 15) with bribery involving $185,000 in relation to the supervision of cable trenching works.

Chan Ka-man, 45, former project manager of CLP Engineering Limited (CLP Engineering), faces nine charges – five of agent accepting an advantage, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO), and four of agent using a document with intent to deceive his principal, contrary to Section 9(3) of the POBO. CLP Engineering was subsequently renamed as CLPe Solutions Limited.

Co-defendant Patrick Ng Man-Kit, 43, person-in-charge of Fu Hong Engineering Limited (Fu Hong), faces six counts of offering an advantage to an agent, contrary to Section 9(2)(a) of the POBO.

The defendants will appear at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (January 19) for plea.

At the material time, CLP Engineering was a sister company of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (CLP) responsible for cable trenching works awarded by CLP. CLP Engineering and CLP were subsidiaries of CLP Holdings Limited (CLP Holdings).

Chan was a project manager of CLP Engineering posted to its distribution cable section of the power engineering branch. He was tasked to supervise cable trenching works carried out by contractors, including Fu Hong, in Sham Shui Po District. Ng was the person-in-charge of Fu Hong.

Five of the charges allege that on five occasions between November 17, 2014 and March 3, 2017, Chan, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, accepted from Ng five loans each ranging from $20,000 to $50,000, totalling $135,000, on account of the supervision of cable trenching works in Sham Shui Po District contracted to Fu Hong by CLP Engineering.

Six other charges allege that Ng, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, offered to Chan the aforesaid five loans and another loan of $50,000 on the abovementioned five occasions and another occasion on September 27, 2016 respectively for the same purpose.

The remaining four charges allege that on four occasions between December 4, 2014 and an unknown date in late 2017, Chan, with intent to deceive his principal, used four code of conduct compliance statements which contained false, erroneous or defective statements, namely that he had not taken any action which would violate “avoiding conflicts of interest” in the code of conduct issued by CLP Holdings to its subsidiaries, to mislead CLP Engineering.

CLP Holdings earlier referred a corruption complaint to the ICAC and rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

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

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