15th September 2021 – (Hong Kong) An ex-teacher at Leung Shek Chee College in Kwun Tong was responsible for handling a number of tenders for school renovations. He not only concealed conflicts of interest and made his engineering company win some of the bids, but also stole the school’s payment to other contractors. The amount involved was about 5.3 million Hong Kong dollars. . He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of crimes including 5 thefts, use of false documents by an agent with intent to deceive his principal in the district court today (15th).
When he pleaded, he alleged that he had incurred high debts due to gambling and profligacy. He owed more than 4 million Hong Kong dollars to loan sharks. The judge reprimanded his behaviour for severely undermining integrity and sentenced him to 46 months in prison. The 38-year-old defendant is currently a taxi driver. According to the case, from 2016 to 2020, 4 engineering companies operated by the defendant participated in the school’s bidding on 11 occasions, of which 8 bids were successful, involving a total amount of approximately HK$940,000.
One of the winning bids was that the defendant’s company had to install 56 sets of desks for the school at a cost of about 280,000 Hong Kong dollars, but the defendant forged the school’s documents and privately found a sub-contractor to provide the same project for HK$180,000, and he owed the other party fees of 100,000 Hong Kong dollars. In addition, when the defendant assisted the school to transfer the project costs to two contractors in instalments, he secretly deducted part of the money and deposited them into the accounts of two other engineering companies with the same name as the above-mentioned contractors but operated by the defendant, which involved theft. The total amount of more than 3.7 million Hong Kong dollars was stolen. Afterwards, ICAC officers found the school’s forged seal in the defendant’s home.