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May 2022
Duo charged by ICAC guilty of conspiracy to defraud over decoration project of footwear retailer

A former employee of a footwear retailer and a production company operator, charged by the ICAC, were today (May 19) convicted at the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts of conspiracy to defraud over a decoration project of the footwear retailer involving over $300,000.

Wong Wai-shing, 48, former assistant project and visual merchandising manager of Skechers Hong Kong Limited (Skechers); and Chan Chung-wai, 47, operator of Show Easy Company (Show Easy) and Banner 1, were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud, contrary to Common Law.

Wong was further convicted of one count of forgery, contrary to Section 71 of the Crimes Ordinance.

Magistrate Miss Lau Suk-han adjourned the case to June 9 for mitigation, pending background and community service order reports of the defendants. The defendants were remanded in custody of the Correctional Services Department.

At the material time, Wong was responsible for the above decoration project. As the project amount exceeded $100,000, he was required to obtain quotations from at least three contractors for choosing the suitable one to take up the project.

On December 12, 2017, Wong submitted to Skechers a purchase order which proposed awarding the above project to Show Easy at about $300,000. Skechers requested Wong to provide further details as no quotation from any contractor was enclosed.

The court heard that the defendants had conspired together to defraud Skechers by submitting two quotations of Show Easy and Banner 1 to Skechers for the above project, and making false representation that the two quotations were genuinely competitive, obtained through a competitive process, and prepared separately from and independently of each other. In addition, Wong had recommended Show Easy to take up the project in view of its slightly lower bidding price.

On December 20, 2017, Wong had also submitted to Skechers the printout of an email purportedly sent by Chan on behalf of Show Easy with the quotations of Show Easy attached. ICAC inquiries revealed that the printout was falsified by Wong.

Skechers subsequently awarded the above project to another contractor at about $140,000.

The court heard that Chan was the operator of Show Easy and Banner 1. His mother and wife were the respective registered proprietors of the two companies.

The case arose from a corruption complaint. Subsequent ICAC enquiries revealed the above offences. Skechers had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

The prosecution was today represented by Senior Public Prosecutor Anthea Kwok, assisted by ICAC officer Bonnie Mak.

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