Recent ICAC Cases

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May 2022
Duo charged by ICAC with offering HK$1.5m bribes to Macao hotel director over air-conditioning maintenance contracts

An employee and a former director of two air-conditioning maintenance contractors were charged by the ICAC last Friday (May 13) with offering bribes totalling about HK$1.5 million to a former director of a hotel group for air-conditioning maintenance contracts of one of its hotels in Macao involving around HK$22 million.

Li Kin-wang, 58, senior sales manager of Oh Luen Air-conditioning Equipment Limited (Oh Luen), faces seven counts of offering advantage to an agent, contrary to Section 9(2)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO).

Li and Woo Tak-hoi, 55, then director of Wai Luen Air-conditioning Limited (Wai Luen), jointly face two counts of conspiracy to offer advantages to an agent, contrary to Section 9(2)(a) of the POBO and Section 159A of the Crimes Ordinance.

The defendants were released on ICAC bail, pending their appearance in the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts this Thursday (May 19) for the case to be transferred to the District Court.

At the material time, Oh Luen and Wai Luen were companies respectively established in Macao and Hong Kong for providing air-conditioning installation and maintenance services to customers. Both companies were operated by the same proprietor. Since 2013, Oh Luen had been an approved supplier of Wynn Resorts (Macau) S.A. (Wynn), which operated hotels and casinos in Macao.

Seven of the charges allege that Li, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, offered seven bribes totalling over HK$930,000 to a then director of Wynn as an inducement to or reward for the latter to receive and consider quotations or tenders submitted by Oh Luen to Wynn in relation to air-conditioning system maintenance services.

The remaining two charges allege that Li and Woo, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, conspired together to offer two bribes totalling HK$560,000 to the above then director of Wynn for the same purpose.

The alleged offences took place between June 2014 and January 2017. ICAC inquiries revealed that during the period, Wynn had awarded around 70 air-conditioning maintenance contracts worth around HK$22 million to Oh Luen.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint. The above two defendants were charged upon legal advice sought from the Department of Justice. The relevant corruption investigation is continuing.

The Macao Commission Against Corruption and Wynn have rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

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