Recent ICAC Cases

Jul 2021
Ex-insurance agent charged as bribery probe reveals deception

A former insurance agent was charged by the ICAC yesterday (July 8) with obtaining an opportunity to earn commissions in an employment with an insurance agency by making false representation of her education background.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon legal advice sought from the Department of Justice, Wu Huali, 38, former insurance agent of AIA international Limited (AIA), was charged with one count of obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception, contrary to Section 18(1) of the Theft Ordinance.

The defendant, who has been released on ICAC bail, will appear in the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts next Monday (July 12) for plea.

All newly recruited insurance agents are required to register with the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers (HKFI) via their respective insurance companies before they are qualified to sell insurance products. As required by the HKFI, insurance agents must attain education of Form 5 level or equivalent.

The charge alleges that on or about August 1, 2018, the defendant, by deception, dishonestly obtained for herself a pecuniary advantage by falsely representing that she had studied in a technical college in the Mainland from September 2001 to July 2004 and had graduated from it with a diploma; and the graduation certificate purportedly issued to her by the college was true, correct and complete.

It is alleged that the defendant thus obtained an opportunity to earn remuneration containing commissions totalling over $34,000 in an employment with AIA as an insurance agent.

AIA has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

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