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Sep 2021
ICAC charges former hotel engineer with accepting $470,000 bribes over works projects

A former engineer of a hotel was charged by the ICAC today (September 23) with conspiracy to accept illegal rebates totalling over $470,000 from a works contractor for engaging and assisting the latter in completing various works projects of the hotel which were worth about $2.3 million in total.

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 Wong Tin-lung, 44, former engineer of The Fleming, with one count of conspiracy for an agent to accept advantages, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and Section 159A of the Crimes Ordinance.

The defendant was released on ICAC bail, pending his 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 defendant was an engineer of The Fleming, a hotel in Wan Chai. He was responsible for supervising all engineering and maintenance works of the hotel.

The charge alleges that between December 8, 2017 and October 31, 2019, the defendant conspired together with a director-cum-shareholder of a works contractor to accept from the director-cum-shareholder rebates consisting of part of the profits of the works contractor in projects which The Fleming had engaged it to carry out, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, as an inducement to or reward for engaging and assisting the works contractor in completing the works projects for The Fleming.

ICAC enquiries revealed that 39 projects, including air conditioning, fire services and lighting works, were conducted at The Fleming and a restaurant in the hotel. It is alleged that the total contract sum of the projects amounted to about $2.3 million and illegal rebates totalling over $470,000 were involved.

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

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