Recent ICAC Cases

Jun 2021
Ex-property agent charged by ICAC jailed for deceiving agency over entertainment expenses

A former property agent, charged by the ICAC, was today (June 3) sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts for using receipts purportedly issued by four restaurants to deceive an estate agency into reimbursing him entertainment expenses totalling over $81,000.

Wong Koon-wai, 50, former property agent of Centaline Property Agency Limited (Centaline Property), was earlier found guilty of six counts of agent using document with intent to deceive his principal, contrary to Section 9(3) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

In sentencing, Deputy Magistrate Ms Vivian Ho Wai-han remarked that the offences committed by the defendant were serious in nature and constituted a breach of trust as he had used false receipts to deceive his employer on multiple occasions.

The magistrate adjourned the case to June 17 for a restitution hearing.

The court heard that at the material time, the defendant was a team head of Centaline Property posted to a branch in West Kowloon. He was entitled to claim reimbursement of expenditures incurred from meals with clients or team building activities.

Between about August 2016 and October 2017, the defendant had submitted to Centaline Property two claims for reimbursement of entertainment expenses, including six handwritten receipts purportedly issued by four restaurants. A total of over $130,000 were subsequently reimbursed to the defendant.

ICAC enquiries however revealed that the amount shown on the aforesaid six receipts, totalling over $81,000, were inaccurate and the four restaurants concerned could not identify those transactions on their records.

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

The prosecution was today represented by Senior Public Prosecutor Anthea Kwok, assisted by ICAC officer Peter Chow.

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