Ex-security guard charged by ICAC admits bribing supervisors
A former security guard, charged by the ICAC, today (January 13) admitted at the Shatin Magistrates’ Courts that he had offered bribes totalling $8,000 to his supervisors on three occasions over a period of 18 months for arranging him to act as and get promoted to assistant supervisor.
Tang Kam-ngau, 57, former security guard of Hong Kong Guards Limited (HKGL), pleaded guilty to three counts of offering an advantage to an agent, contrary to Section 9(2)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.
Acting Principal Magistrate Mr David Cheung Chi-wai adjourned the case to March 10 for sentence. The defendant was granted cash bail.
At the material time, the defendant was a security guard of HKGL posted to Shui Chuen O Estate, a public housing estate in Shatin. A total of about 40 security guards worked at the estate under the supervision of a supervisor and several assistant supervisors.
When an assistant supervisor was absent from duty, the supervisor had the discretion to appoint a security guard to act for the post. The acting appointment involved a daily acting allowance.
The court heard that the defendant had complained to his supervisor for not having the opportunity to act up as an assistant supervisor. Subsequently on two occasions, the defendant gave two red packets containing cash of $6,000 in total to the supervisor upon the latter’s solicitation.
Thereafter, the defendant was arranged to act as an assistant supervisor on about 70 occasions and received acting allowance totalling about $3,200 between April 2019 and December 2020.
In November 2020, the defendant asked an assistant supervisor who would soon assume the post of supervisor about his chance of promotion. Upon the assistant supervisor’s solicitation, the defendant gave her a red packet containing cash of $2,000. However, the offer was not accepted as the defendant was told it did not meet the amount required.
HKGL prohibited its staff members from soliciting and accepting advantages in relation to their official duties.
The investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon completion of the investigation, the ICAC sought legal advice from the Department of Justice, which advised charges be laid against the defendant.
HKGL had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.
The prosecution was today represented by Acting Senior Public Prosecutor Steven Liu, assisted by ICAC officer Jeff Ng.