FSD cleaning contractor employee charged with fraud
An employee of a cleaning contractor of the Fire Services Department (FSD) was charged by the ICAC today (September 14) with defrauding the FSD of cleaning fees by falsifying attendance records of cleaners.
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 employee of the cleaning contractor with one count of conspiracy to defraud, contrary to Common Law.
Yip Chi-heung, 57, cleaning foreman of C&L Company (C&L), was released on ICAC bail. She will appear in the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday (September 16) for plea.
At the material time, C&L was an outsourced cleaning contractor of the FSD. It was required to provide eight cleaning workers to perform cleaning duties at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy (FASA) every day. Failure to meet the requirement would result in deduction of monthly cleaning fees payable to C&L.
The defendant was responsible for assigning work duties to cleaning workers and arranging relief cleaning workers.
The charge alleges that between January 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019, the defendant conspired together with the sole proprietor of C&L and other persons unknown to defraud the FSD by dishonestly falsely representing to the FSD that C&L had arranged for at least eight cleaning workers to perform cleaning duties at the FASA, thereby inducing the FSD not to make any deduction from the monthly fees payable to C&L.
Monthly fees of over $6,600 was allegedly involved in the case.
The FSD has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation.