Recent ICAC Cases

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Mar 2021
Engineer of air-conditioning contractor charged with fraud over $310,000 maintenance orders

The ICAC yesterday (March 1) charged an engineer of an air-conditioning contractor with fraud for concealing from and failing to disclose to his employer his financial interest in the maintenance orders worth totalling over $310,000 when sub-contracting them.

Lee Chi-wai, 40, senior project engineer of Jinchat Engineering (Hong Kong) Company Limited (Jinchat), faces one count of fraud, contrary to Section 16A of the Theft Ordinance.

The defendant will appear at the Shatin Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (March 3) for plea.

The case arose from an investigation into a corruption complaint which subsequently revealed the above alleged offence.

Jinchat is an engineering company providing installation and maintenance services for air-conditioning systems to commercial clients. Its employees are required to declare any financial interest they had in any organisation with which Jinchat has business dealings or competitions.

At the material time, the defendant was a senior project engineer of Jinchat. He was responsible for assessing air-conditioning works orders placed by clients of Jinchat, and recommending the company to conduct the works by its employees or subcontract them.

In September 2017, Jinchat secured an air-conditioning maintenance project at a commercial building in Fortress Hill.

The charge alleges between September 20, 2017 and April 23, 2018, the defendant, by concealing from and failing to disclose to Jinchat his financial interest in the works of the aforesaid project which were sub-contracted by Jinchat to Matchy Engineering Company (Matchy), and with intent to defraud, induced Jinchat to engage Matchy in the works, which resulted in benefit to the defendant or in prejudice to Jinchat.

ICAC enquiries revealed that during the abovementioned period, Jinchat awarded six maintenance orders worth totalling over $310,000 to Matchy.

Jinchat 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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