Recent ICAC Cases

Aug 2022
Ex-manager of Korean chain restaurant charged by ICAC over payroll wage fraud

A former manager of a Korean chain restaurant was charged by the ICAC today (August 3) with deceiving the restaurant into paying wages totalling about $26,000 by falsifying the payroll records of eight part-time staff in the same month.

Lai Hoi-lun, 34, former manager of MeokBang Korean BBQ & Bar (MeokBang), faces eight counts of fraud, contrary to Section 16A(1) of the Theft Ordinance. He was released on ICAC bail, pending his appearance in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Friday (August 5) for plea.

MeokBang is a chain restaurant operated by Fulum Group Holdings Limited (Fulum Group). At the material time, the defendant was a manager of the Tsing Yi branch of MeokBang. Amongst other duties, he was responsible for recruiting part-time staff for the branch, and preparing duty rosters and documents for releasing wage payments.

The charges allege that the defendant falsely represented to Fulum Group in December 2019 that the payroll records of eight part-time staff were genuine, and with intent to defraud, induced Fulum Group to pay wages totalling about $26,000, which resulted in benefit to him or in prejudice to Fulum Group.

ICAC investigation revealed that the eight part-time staff had never worked at the branch when the alleged offences took place.

The investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Fulum Group has rendered full assistance to the Commission during its investigation into the case.

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