Recent ICAC Cases


14
Apr 2021
Ex-insurance agent guilty of fraud over $260,000 signing feeA former insurance agent, charged by the ICAC, was today (April 14) convicted at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts of deceiving an insurance company into offering him a more favourable remuneration package involving a signing fee of over $260,000 by submitting false income proof statements.Li Tak-shan, 56, former insurance agent of AIA (International) Limited (AIA), was found guilty of one count of fraud, contrary to Section 16A(1) of the Theft Ordinance.Deputy Magistrate Ms Vivian Ho Wai-han adjourned the case to April 28 for sentence, pending a background report. The defendant was remanded in the custody of the Correctional Services Department.The cases arose from a corruption complaint. Subsequent ICAC enquiries revealed the above offence.The court heard that AIA offered remuneration packages, including signing fees, as incentives to recruit experienced insurance agents. A signing fee was calculated based on the income of a new recruit as shown on his or her income proof statements in the past 24 months.In March 2014, the defendant was recruited to join AIA. For the purpose of calculating the relevant signing fee, his commission account statements in relation to another insurance company between February 2012 and January 2014 were submitted to AIA as income proof.Based on the commission account statements which purportedly showed that the defendant’s total income during the aforesaid period was about $1.1 million, AIA approved to grant him a signing fee of over $260,000, and released the sum to him when he joined the company in May 2014.However, ICAC enquiries revealed that the defendant’s total income between the abovementioned period was less than $130,000.Had AIA known the total amount of the commission account statements was exaggerated by over $940,000, the company would not have employed the defendant and approved granting him any signing fee.AIA had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.The prosecution was today represented by prosecuting counsel Stephen Fong, assisted by ICAC officer Teresa Cheung.
15
Jan 2021
Cleaning company director guilty of bribery over service supervisionA cleaning company director, charged by the ICAC, was today (January 15) convicted at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts of bribing two property officers with about $50,000 for lax supervision over cleaning services provided to three residential buildings in North Point.Suen Wah-sing, 63, sole director cum shareholder of Great Honour Cleaning Services Limited (Great Honour), was found guilty of one count of conspiracy for an agent to accept an advantage, contrary to Section 9(1)(b) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and Section 159A of the Crimes Ordinance.Deputy Magistrate Ms Vivian Ho Wai-han adjourned the case to February 1 for sentence, pending a background report. The defendant was remanded in the custody of the Correctional Services Department.The court heard that at the material time, the defendant was the sole director cum shareholder of Great Honour. In July 2015, Great Honour was engaged by the Incorporated Owners of Kam Tao Building, Ngan Tao Building and Hoi Tao Building (the IO) to provide cleaning services for the three adjacent residential buildings in North Point for two years.The performance of Great Honour was supervised by two property officers of a property management company engaged by the IO. Since the commencement of the contract, the defendant had been paying “protection money” by cash or by deposits into the Hong Kong Jockey Club betting accounts of the two property officers upon their solicitation.The court heard that in July 2017, the cleaning services contract was renewed for another two years. The defendant ceased to make payments to the two property officers in late 2017. Since then, the duo became pickier about the performance of Great Honour and its cleaners.The defendant reported the duo’s solicitation to the IO in February 2018. A month later, Great Honour’s cleaning services contract was terminated by the IO due to its unsatisfactory performance.The court heard that the “protection money” concerned amounted to about $50,000.The IO and the property management company concerned had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.The prosecution was today represented by prosecuting counsel Flora Cheng, assisted by ICAC officer Samuel Wong.

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