Recent ICAC Cases

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Nov 2021
Ex-security guard charged by ICAC with bribing supervisors

The ICAC yesterday (November 23) charged a former security guard with offering bribes totalling $8,000 to his supervisors on three occasions over a period of about 18 months for arranging him to act as and get promoted to an assistant supervisor.

The investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon completion of the investigation, the ICAC sought legal advice from the Department of Justice, which advised charges be laid against the former security guard.

Tang Kam-ngau, 57, former security guard of Hong Kong Guards Limited (HKGL), faces three counts of offering an advantage to an agent, contrary to Section 9(2)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

The defendant was released on ICAC bail, pending his court appearance in the Shatin Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (November 25) for plea.

At the material time, the defendant was a security guard of HKGL posted to Shui Chuen O Estate, a public housing estate in Shatin. A total of about 40 security guards posted to the estate worked under the supervision of a supervisor and several assistant supervisors.

When an assistant supervisor was absent from duty, the supervisor had the discretion to appoint a security guard to act for the post. The acting appointment involved a daily acting allowance.

Two of the charges allege that on or about April 4, 2019 and between January 1 and April 7, 2020, the defendant, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, offered two bribes totalling $6,000 to the aforesaid supervisor of HKGL, as an inducement to or reward for arranging him to act as assistant supervisor.

The remaining charge alleges that between November 1 and 30, 2020, the defendant, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, offered a bribe of $2,000 to an assistant supervisor of HKGL, as an inducement to or reward for facilitating himself to get promoted to assistant supervisor.

HKGL, which prohibited its staff members from soliciting and accepting advantages in relation to their official duties, has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

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