Recent ICAC Cases

Oct 2021
Works subcontractor charged by ICAC with bribery over hotel works outstanding payment

The ICAC yesterday (October 4) charged a third-tier works subcontractor of a works project at a hotel with bribing a staff member of the main contractor for arranging the release of an outstanding payment for the project.

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 laying a bribery charge against the third-tier works subcontractor.

Lui Tung-fat, 33, faces one count of offering an advantage to an agent, contrary to Section 9(2)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance. He was released on ICAC bail, pending his appearance in the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (October 6) for plea.

Between July and August 2020, a hotel underwent a road resurfacing project. The main contractor of the project subcontracted part of the project to a second-tier subcontractor, which further engaged the defendant as the third-tier subcontractor to conduct road drilling works.

The total project sum of the road drilling works was about $800,000. But after completion of the road drilling works, about $200,000 remained unpaid to the defendant by the second-tier subcontractor.

The charge alleges that on September 5, 2020, the defendant, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, offered an advantage consisting of a roll of banknotes of unknown sum to a project coordinator of the main contractor as an inducement to or reward for arranging for the payment of outstanding contract sum to the second-tier subcontractor and to the defendant in relation to the project.

ICAC enquiries revealed that the project coordinator refused to accept the roll of banknotes and reported the matter to her supervisor.

The main contractor and the second-tier subcontractor concerned have rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

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