Manager brought to court for offering illegal commission of Euro 50,000 to bank staff

2017-10-24


A manager of a web services company (Company A) was brought to the Eastern Magistracy today (October 24) after being charged by the ICAC with offering an illegal commission of Euro 50,000 to an employee of a bank for assisting him in handling a remittance of Euro five million.

The defendant, 29, was arrested by ICAC officers in the afternoon of Sunday (October 22).

After seeking legal advice from the Department of Justice, the ICAC charged the defendant with one count of offering an advantage to an agent, contrary to Section 9(2)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, and brought him to the Eastern Magistracy for mention.

No plea was taken today. Principal Magistrate Ms Bina Chainrai adjourned the case until November 21 this year for mention.

At the material time, the defendant was a manager of Company A, a web services company in Hong Kong. He was the sole signatory of its account with a bank.

The charge alleged that on December 13, 2016, the defendant, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, offered a commission of Euro 50,000 to an employee of the bank as a reward for assisting him in handling a remittance in the sum of Euro five million to be sent by telegraphic transfer into the account of Company A held with the bank.

The bank employee refused the offer and reported the matter to the bank.

The defendant was granted cash bail of HK$100,000. He was also ordered to surrender all travel documents, not to leave Hong Kong, report to the Police thrice a week, and not to contact prosecution witnesses directly or indirectly.

The management of the bank had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation.

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Magdalen Tsai.
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