Ex-sales officer admits soliciting ‘laisee’ over carpark space leasing


A former sales officer of a property investment company, charged by the ICAC, today (September 9) admitted at the Shatin Magistrates’ Courts that he had solicited a “laisee” from a tenant over the leasing of a carpark space in an industrial building.

Lam Wai-ping, 68, former sales officer of Wah Ha Enterprises Limited (Wah Ha Enterprises), pleaded guilty to one count of agent soliciting an advantage, contrary to Section 9(1)(b) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

Deputy Magistrate Mr Wong Heung-yung adjourned the case to September 23 this year for sentence, pending a community service order report. The defendant was granted cash bail.

The court heard that at the material time, the defendant was a sales officer of Wah Ha Enterprises. He was responsible for the leasing matters of 10-odd carpark spaces in Veristrong Industrial Centre. The monthly rental of a carpark space was about $3,000 and the defendant had the discretion to reduce the rental by $100 to $200.

In August 2019, a tenant of Veristrong Industrial Centre approached the management office for renting a carpark space. A few days later, the defendant told the tenant that a carpark space was available for lease at a monthly rental of $3,300.

When the tenant asked if the rental could be lowered, the defendant said he would try to do so and solicited a “laisee” of $3,000 from the tenant. The tenant immediately turned down the defendant’s request and decided not to rent the carpark space.

Wah Ha Enterprises had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Sandy Leung.
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