Woman seeking security guard job charged with bribing recruitment officer
A woman was charged by the ICAC yesterday (August 31) with offering bribes totalling $5,000 to a recruitment officer of a property developer for assisting her in securing a security guard job.
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 laying charges against the job seeker.
Ke Meijing, 51, faces two counts of offering an advantage to an agent, contrary to Section 9(2)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO). She was released on ICAC bail, pending her appearance in the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (September 2) for plea.
In mid-February 2021, Swire Properties Limited (Swire Properties) conducted a recruitment exercise for the post of security guard. The defendant applied for the post and attended an online interview. On March 2, 2021, the defendant was informed by a recruitment officer of the company who assessed her performance that her application was unsuccessful.
The charges allege that on March 3 and 4, 2021, the defendant, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, respectively offered $2,000 and $3,000, to the aforesaid recruitment officer, as an inducement to or reward for the latter in assisting her to secure employment as a security guard of Swire Properties or its subsidiaries.
The recruitment officer concerned immediately reported the matter to her supervisor. Swire Properties has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.