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Oct 2021
Woman charged by ICAC admits bribing recruitment officer for security guard job

A woman, charged by the ICAC, today (October 21) admitted at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts that she had offered bribes totalling $5,000 to a recruitment officer of a property developer for assisting her in securing a security guard job.

Ke Meijing, 51, pleaded guilty to two counts of offering an advantage to an agent, contrary to Section 9(2)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

Magistrate Daniel Tang Siu-hung adjourned the case to November 12 for sentence, pending probation and community service order reports of the defendant and granted her cash bail.

The court heard that in mid-February 2021, Swire Properties Limited (Swire Properties) conducted a recruitment exercise for the post of security guard. The defendant applied for the post and attended an online interview

On March 2, 2021, the defendant was informed by a recruitment officer of the company who assessed her performance that her application was unsuccessful. The defendant then requested via mobile phone messages the recruitment officer to assist her in the next recruitment exercise.

On the following day, the defendant told the recruitment officer over the phone that she would give her some home-made buns. In the same afternoon, the defendant left a bag of buns at the reception of the recruitment officer’s office and sent a mobile phone message to the recruitment officer asking her not to pass the buns to others. The recruitment officer reported the matter to her supervisor, who subsequently arranged to dispose of the bag of buns.

In a series of mobile phone messages sent to the recruitment officer on March 4, 2021, the defendant said she had given $2,000 as “tea money” to the recruitment officer on the preceding day and would further offer $3,000 if she could complete the probation after being recruited.The recruitment officer immediately reported the matter to her supervisor but the bag of buns and the $2,000 could not be recovered.

The court heard that the defendant had placed a “laisee” of $2,000 in the bag of buns delivered to the office of the recruitment officer and sent the aforesaid mobile phone messages to the recruitment officer afterwards.

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

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Brian Tse.

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