Ex-manager of street cleansing contractor jailed for $240,000 salary fraud

2021-7-7


A former manager of a government street cleansing contractor, charged by the ICAC, was today (July 7) sentenced to 13 months’ imprisonment at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts after admitting that she had defrauded the contractor of salary payments totalling over $240,000 by falsifying her son’s attendance records for two years.

Yeung King-ying, 54, former contract manager of Law’s Cleaning Services Limited (Law’s Cleaning), today pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud, contrary to Common Law. The prosecution offered no evidence against Yeung’s son Yau Man-kit, 29, who faced the same charge.

In sentencing, Magistrate Ms Amy Chan Wai-mun remarked that this case was a classical breach of trust. She took a starting point of 24 months’ imprisonment, having considered the seriousness of the offence and the long period it lasted. Yeung’s jail term was reduced to 13 months in view of her guilty plea, willingness to make a full compensation and other mitigating factors.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Subsequent enquiries revealed the above offence.

The court heard that Law’s Cleaning was a contractor of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) providing street cleansing services in Sham Shui Po between June 2017 and May 2019.

During the period, Yeung was a contract manager of Law’s Cleaning posted to Sham Shui Po. She was responsible for recruiting cleaning workers as well as preparing and submitting their attendance records to Law’s Cleaning for calculation of salary payments.

A contract showed that Yau was a cleaning worker of Law’s Cleaning. At the same time, he was a full-time employee of a pharmacy in Tsuen Wan.

Between June 2017 and May 2019, the attendance records prepared and submitted by Yeung showed that Yau had worked for a total of 646 days, for which Law’s Cleaning had released salary payments totalling over $240,000 to Yau.

ICAC investigation revealed that on most of the dates during the aforesaid period, Yau’s working hours shown on his attendance records of Law’s Cleaning and the aforesaid pharmacy were overlapping. It was later confirmed that Yau stationed at the aforesaid pharmacy throughout his scheduled duty hours.

Meanwhile, on 9 other days during the same period, while the attendance records showed that Yau was on duty for Law’s cleaning, he was actually out of Hong Kong, the court was told.

Law’s Cleaning and FEHD had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Billy Cheng.
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