Hotel manager charged with bribery over engineering and maintenance works
An assistant manager of a hotel was charged by the ICAC today (August 31) with conspiracy to accept a bribe of $15,000 from a works contractor for allowing staff members of the hotel to assist in engineering and maintenance works which should have been done by the contractor.
The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon completion of the investigation, the ICAC sought legal advice from the Department of Justice, which advised charging the hotel assistant manager.
Wong Sai-kwong, 69, executive assistant manager of The Fleming, faces one count of conspiracy for an agent to accept advantages, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and Section 159A of the Crimes Ordinance.
The defendant was released on ICAC bail, pending his appearance in the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday (September 2) for plea.
At the material time, the defendant was the executive assistant manager of The Fleming, a hotel in Wan Chai. He was the direct supervisor of an engineer of The Fleming who was responsible for supervising all engineering and maintenance works of the hotel.
The charge alleges that in around February 2019, the defendant conspired together with the aforesaid engineer of The Fleming, a director-cum-shareholder of a works contractor of the Fleming and other persons unknown, to accept $15,000 from the director-cum-shareholder, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, as an inducement to or reward for arranging or allowing staff members of The Fleming to assist in the works which should have been completed by the works contractor.
The Fleming has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.