Divorced property agent understating $3m income charged as ICAC probe reveals perversion over maintenance proceedings

2022-6-22


A divorced property agent was charged by the ICAC yesterday (June 21) with perversion and perjury in an application to the Family Court (FC) for relieving him from making a monthly maintenance payment of $2,500 to support his child by understating his income by over $3 million.

Rockman Ng Man-kam, 37, chief associate director of a property agency, faces six counts of doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, contrary to Common Law; and one count of perjury, contrary to Section 31 of the Crimes Ordinance.

The investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon completion of the investigation, the ICAC sought legal advice from the Department of Justice, which advised pressing the above charges against the defendant. He was released on ICAC bail, pending his appearance in the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (June 23) for the case to be transferred to the District Court.

At the material time, the defendant was a branch supervisor of a property agency. Apart from a monthly basic salary of $8,900, he could earn sales commissions and overriding commissions for property transactions procured by himself and his subordinate agents respectively.

The defendant and his ex-wife had been engaged in proceedings at the FC on maintenance payment and child custody since 2011. In August 2017, the defendant was ordered by the FC to make a monthly maintenance payment of $2,500 six months a year to his ex-wife for supporting the living of their child.

In January 2018, the defendant filed an application to the FC for relieving himself from making the above payment to his ex-wife on the basis that he was in a dire financial situation. The application was granted in March 2020.

Six of the charges allege that between March 2018 and February 2019, the defendant, with intent to pervert the course of public justice, did a series of acts which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice.

It is alleged that the defendant had filed with the FC two affirmations, three written replies and a financial statement which contained false contents and were attached with copies of false payment advices and bank statements, and used those documents in the above application to the FC.

The remaining charge alleges that on February 21, 2019, the defendant, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in the above proceedings at the FC, wilfully made a false statement that his income received from his employer each month was about $8,500.

ICAC investigation revealed that in the 20 months between June 2017 and January 2019, the defendant earned $21,000 to about $770,000 each month from the property agency. But he had allegedly understated his income during the period by over $3 million in the above documents filed with the FC in respect of his application.
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