ICAC charges senior regional AIA director for accepting Hermès handbags and BVLGARI necklace worth HK$360,000 from five downline insurance agents

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Linda Ma. Picture source: AIA

9th December 2022 – (Hong Kong) The ICAC today (9th) filed a case against a senior regional director of AIA for corruption, allegedly accepting Hermès handbags and BVLGARI necklace worth HK$360,000 from five downline insurance agents in order to assist them in obtaining insurance policies for customers. The defendant has been released on bail by the ICAC and will appear at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court next Tuesday (13th). The defendant Linda Ma Jing (51 years old), a senior regional director of AIA, was charged with three counts of agent accepting an advantage, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance. The case occurred between May 2018 and August 2019. At the time of the case, the defendant was the regional director of AIA, responsible for recruiting and supervising its downline insurance agents. She was promoted to senior regional director in January 2020.

The defendant allegedly received two Hermès handbags and a Bvlgari necklace from five downline insurance agents in order to assist them in promoting customers to purchase insurance policies from AIA. The two handbags and the necklace are worth approximately HK$160,000, HK$180,000 and HK$23,000, respectively. AIA prohibits employees from accepting kickbacks, bribes or gifts. The company’s code of conduct states that employees must obtain approval to accept gifts worth more than US$300 (or about HK$2,340). In order to assist the insurance industry to strengthen its anti-corruption capabilities, the ICAC has worked with the industry to compile guidelines. The two parties will continue to cooperate to provide integrity training for insurance practitioners and publicise anti-corruption information.

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