Recent ICAC Cases

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Apr 2021
Ex-manager of groceries retailer charged with accepting $3m bribes over cookware orders

A former senior sourcing manager of a multinational groceries retailer has been charged by the ICAC today (April 19) with accepting illegal rebates totalling over $3 million from a cookware supplier for placing orders with the latter.

Yan Man-kit, 46, former senior sourcing manager of Tesco International Sourcing Limited (Tesco Sourcing), faces one count of conspiracy for an agent to accept an advantage, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and Section 159A of the Crimes Ordinance.

The defendant will appear at the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (April 20) for the case to be transferred to the District Court for plea.

The defendant joined Tesco Sourcing in 2005 and was promoted to senior sourcing manager in 2015. He was responsible for placing orders of cookware with suppliers for Tesco Sourcing’s parent company.

The charge alleges that between April 8, 2014 and December 17, 2019, the defendant conspired together with two persons, namely a senior executive of a cookware supplier of Tesco Sourcing and a middleman who introduced the supplier to Tesco Sourcing, for the defendant to accept, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, over $3 million from the duo as an inducement to or reward for the defendant to place purchase orders with the supplier.

Tesco Sourcing 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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