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Sep 2021
Twelve charged as ICAC probe reveals inflated container weighing fee scam

The ICAC today (September 23) charged 11 cross-border truck drivers and a container weighing company operator with conspiracy to commit false accounting by inflating container weighing fees totalling over $390,000 in over 4,900 receipts submitted to a transportation company.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon completion of the investigation, the ICAC sought legal advice from the Department of Justice, which advised charging the 12 persons with a total of 15 counts of conspiracy to commit false accounting, contrary to Section 19(1)(a) of the Theft Ordinance and Section 159A of the Crimes Ordinance.

Eleven of the defendants, aged between 52 and 65, are then truck drivers of Sun Hing Container Transportation Limited (Sun Hing). They are Mak Pak-pui, Wong Che-keung, Sin Yun-sum, Wong Hoi-tak, Lai Tsan-chiu, Tsang Lik-hung, Chan Chung-yiu, Chan Chun-shing, Yip Fai, Wan Siu-ming and Cheung Wing-hong. The remaining defendant is Wan Chi-hing, 71, operator of New Colen Company (New Colen) and Skye Parking Limited (Skye Parking).

All defendants were released on ICAC bail, pending their appearance in the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts next Tuesday (September 28) for the case to be transferred to the District Court for plea.

At the material time, the 11 truck drivers were employed by Sun Hing which provided cross-border transportation services.

In order to facilitate customs declaration, truck drivers of Sun Hing were required to drive their trucks to container weighing companies, including New Colen and Skye Parking ran by Wan, to weigh the containers.

Truck drivers had to pay the container weighing fees in advance and would make reimbursement claims by submitting the relevant weighing receipts to Sun Hing.

The alleged offences took place between March 1, 2016 and October 25, 2019.

The charges allege that the 12 defendants conspired together and with other persons, to dishonestly, with a view to gain for themselves or another or with intent to cause loss to another, falsify the weighing receipts issued by seven container weighing companies for an accounting purpose, by concurring in the making of false entries purporting to show that the weighing fees charged by the seven container weighing companies ranged from $90 to $150.

ICAC enquiries revealed that the actual weighing fees charged by the seven container weighing companies, including New Colen and Skye Parking, ranged from $25 and $110 per container. A total of over 4,900 weighing receipts were submitted to Sun Hing by the 11 truck drivers who allegedly inflated the weighing fees by over $390,000.

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

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