Former Immigration Department officer prosecuted for allegedly moonlighting as insurance agent and conspiring to earn HK$130,000 in commission

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3rd December 2023 – (Hong Kong) Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced today that it has filed charges against a former officer of Immigration Department who was previously employed as an insurance agent. The individual, whose name has been withheld, is accused of violating the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance by allegedly using multiple documents containing false statements during an internal investigation at the Immigration Department.

According to the charges, the former officer is accused of falsely claiming that he had not engaged in any external work and concealing his involvement in a scheme with three former colleagues from the insurance industry. The scheme involved the submission of false insurance policies for commission and allowances, resulting in the defrauding of an insurance company for a total amount exceeding HK$130,000.

The four defendants, including the former officer and his three insurance industry colleagues, have been granted bail by the ICAC. They are scheduled to appear in the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (4th) to enter their pleas.

The main defendant, Yau Sing-ho (29 years old), held the position of Immigration Officer while also serving as a Senior Relationship Manager at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of Hong Kong Ltd (MetLife). It should be noted that MetLife has since been acquired by FWD Life Insurance Company (Bermuda) Limited.

Yau Sing-ho has been charged with one count of using documents with the intention to deceive his principal, a violation of Section 9(3) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

The other three defendants, Tan Tsz Lok, Tang Sin-yiu, and Leung Chi-kwong, all in their early thirties to mid-thirties, were licensed insurance agents working for FWD Life Insurance Company (Bermuda) Limited. They have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud under common law.

Prior to his employment at the Immigration Department from September 2018 to October 2020, Yau Sing-ho worked as a Senior Relationship Manager at MetLife and held an insurance agent licence. He and his co-defendants, Tang Sin-yiu and Leung Chi-kwong, previously worked as insurance agents under the supervision of Deputy Regional Director Tan Tsz Lok.