Recent ICAC Cases

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Sep 2022
Ex-director of optical retailer charged by ICAC jailed for falsifying invoices

A former director of an optical retailer, charged by the ICAC, was today (September 21) sentenced to five months’ imprisonment at the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts after admitting that he had falsified invoices totalling about $380,000 in relation to procurement of glasses and used them to deceive the retailer.

Lam Chun-bong, 45, former director-cum-shareholder of Eye Vision, today pleaded guilty before Magistrate Ms Amy Chan Wai-mun to four charges – one of using false instruments, contrary to Section 73 of the Crimes Ordinance; and three of false accounting, contrary to Section 19(1)(a) of the Theft Ordinance. The prosecution offered no evidence to another count of false accounting against him.

At the material time, the defendant was one of the directors-cum-shareholders of Eye Vision and its related companies, including Eye Vision (Tai Wai) Limited (Eye Vision (Tai Wai)). He was responsible for managing the daily operation of Eye Vision and its related stores, including procuring glasses and issuing cheques for settling operational expenses of the stores.

The court heard that Eye Vision expanded its business between mid-2017 and mid-2018. The defendant was required to invest a certain sum of money into the business under an agreement, and he remained responsible for procuring glasses.

The defendant admitted that he had submitted to Eye Vision (Tai Wai) nine invoices purportedly issued by a supplier showing that he had paid about $310,000 to purchase glasses so as to exaggerate his investment into the business. However, ICAC investigation revealed that the supplier was bogus and the nine invoices were all false.

The defendant further admitted that he had falsified three invoices, totalling about $72,000, purportedly issued by another supplier. ICAC investigation revealed that the supplier had never supplied the items listed on the invoices or issued the invoices. The defendant purchased those items from the Mainland and marked up the unit price of each item by $70 to $100 with a view to pocketing the difference.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon completion of the investigation, legal advice was sought from the Department of Justice, which advised preferring the above charges against the defendant.

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Kenny Lau.

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