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Jul 2022
Woman charged by ICAC admits using false academic document to renew insurance agent registration

A woman, charged by the ICAC, today (July 28) admitted at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts that she had used a false academic document to renew her insurance agent registration.

Jia Yueping, 57, former insurance agent of AXA China Region Insurance Company Limited (AXA), who was charged last night (July 27), pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to use a false instrument, contrary to Sections 73 and 159A of the Crimes Ordinance.

Principal Magistrate Ms Ada Yim Shun-yee adjourned the case to September 9 for sentence, pending the defendant’s probation and community service order reports. The defendant was granted cash bail.

At the material time, all insurance agents were required to register and renew their registrations with the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers (HKFI). According to its regulations, insurance agents were required to complete Form 5 secondary education or its equivalent.

The court heard that in a job application made to AXA in February 2013, the defendant stated that she graduated from a secondary school in the Mainland in 1982. A copy of her graduation certificate purportedly issued by the school was submitted to the HKFI through AXA. Upon registration with the HKFI, she joined AXA as an insurance agent in the same month.

In mid-December 2018, the defendant’s registration with the HKFI was due for renewal and she submitted another graduation certificate purportedly issued by another secondary school in the Mainland in 1982 to the HKFI. The registration was not renewed due to the overlapping studying period stated in the two graduation certificates.

AXA subsequently requested the defendant to account for the matter. She then submitted a letter purportedly issued by an education authority of the Mainland certifying that she graduated from the two secondary schools, which were respectively an evening school and a daytime school.

In the belief that the information in the letter was true, AXA submitted a copy of the letter to the HKFI, which subsequently renewed the defendant’s registration. Had AXA known that the letter was false, the insurer would not have processed it and submitted it to the HKFI for renewing the defendant’s registration.

The defendant admitted that she had conspired with her up-line manager to use the above false letter.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint. The HKFI and AXA had rendered full assistance to the Commission during its investigation into the case.

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Beta Leung.

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