Recent ICAC Cases

30
Mar 2021
Ex-secondary school teacher charged with breaching anti-bribery law and theft involving $5.3m over renovation projects

The ICAC today (March 30) charged a former teacher of a government-aided secondary school with multiple offences under the anti-bribery law, theft and using copies of false instruments in deceiving the school of payments totalling $5.3 million in relation to 14 school facility renovation projects.

Chiang Yi-hing, 38, former teacher of Leung Shek Chee College, faces a total of 18 charges—10 of agent using a document with intent to deceive his principal, contrary to Section 9(3) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance; five of theft, contrary to Section 9 of the Theft Ordinance; and three of using a copy of a false instrument, contrary to Section 74 of the Crimes Ordinance.

The defendant will appear at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday (April 1) for the case to be transferred to the District Court for plea.

The case arose from a corruption complaint. Subsequent ICAC enquiries revealed the above alleged offences which took place between May 2016 and March 2020.

At the material time, the defendant was a teacher of a government-aided secondary school—Leung Shek Chee College (the school). In September 2015, the school set up a committee to handle various school facility renovation projects. The defendant, who was a member of the committee, was responsible for contacting potential contractors to obtain quotations and inviting tenders for those projects.

Five of the charges allege that the defendant used five declarations of conflict of interest to mislead the school. Each of the declarations contained a false statement that there was no existing or potential conflict of interest situation arising from the defendant’s discharging of duties concerning the procurement of stores and services of the school relating to the respective project.

It is alleged that the five projects, with a total contract sum of about $590,000, concerned the setting up of a history gallery, installation of classroom whiteboards, and replacement of LED tubes and 2,000 student chairs.

Five other charges allege that the defendant used a set of tender summary and approval record and four sets of written quotation summary and approval record to mislead the school. The five sets of documents each contained a false statement that the defendant did not have any direct or indirect financial interest in any company or organisation involved in a procurement exercise.

It is alleged that the procurement exercises concerned five other projects of a total contract sum of about $690,000 and involved the renovation of a chapel and supply and installation of aluminium sheets, classroom blinds and LED tubes.

Another five charges allege that the defendant stole over $3.7 million from the school. The stolen sums are allegedly payments for three other projects—two under the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) and one for window repair.

Another two charges, in relation to the two projects under the MBIS, allege that the defendant used a copy of a letter purportedly issued by the principal of the school and a copy of a payment certificate purportedly issued by a project consultant to respectively induce a decoration company proprietor and a staff member of the school to accept them as copies of genuine instruments.

The remaining charge alleges that the defendant used a copy of a quotation purportedly accepted by the school to induce a furniture company proprietor to accept it as a copy of a genuine instrument.

It is alleged that the quotation concerned the supply and installation of 56 sets of desks for the staff room and involved payment of about $290,000.

Leung Shek Chee College 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 on Thursday.

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