Police Station Sergeant charged by ICAC over unauthorised loans faces three additional charges

2022-6-23


A Police Station Sergeant, who was earlier charged by the ICAC with soliciting and accepting unauthorised loans of over $420,000 from four colleagues, was today (June 23) laid with three additional charges involving unauthorised loans of about $50,000 when he appeared at the Shatin Magistrates’ Courts.

Upon further legal advice from the Department of Justice, Wong Chi-ming, 52, was laid with three additional charges – two of prescribed officer soliciting an advantage and one of prescribed officer accepting an advantage, contrary to Section 3 of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO).

The additional charges alleged that between March and April 2021, the defendant, without the general or special permission of the Chief Executive, solicited two loans totalling about $30,000 and accepted a loan of $20,000 from a former subordinate Police Constable (PC) in the Kwai Chung Division.

Acting Principal Magistrate Mr David Cheung Chi-wai adjourned the case to August 23 for transfer to the District Court for plea. The defendant was granted bail.

The defendant faced 13 other charges laid earlier – eight of prescribed officer accepting an advantage, two of prescribed officer soliciting an advantage and one of agent using document with intent to deceive his principal, contrary to Section 3 and Section 9(3) of the POBO; one of fraud, contrary to Section 16A of the Theft Ordinance; and one of doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, contrary to Common Law.

In early December 2020, the defendant was posted to a Patrol Sub-Unit of Tin Sum Division of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF). Prior to this posting, he was attached to a Patrol Sub-Unit of Kwai Chung Division. The alleged offences in relation to the 13 charges took place between December 2018 and June 2021.

The defendant had allegedly solicited two loans totalling $90,000 and accepted eight loans totalling over $335,000 from four colleagues in the Kwai Chung Division, namely three former subordinate PCs, including the abovementioned one, and a former supervisor, an Inspector of Police.

It was also alleged that the defendant, with intent to pervert the course of public justice, incited, induced and instructed one of the above PCs to make a false statement to the ICAC in respect of an investigation on the loans from the PC to him. The defendant had allegedly instructed the PC to conceal from the ICAC his loans.

In addition, the defendant had allegedly used a declaration of financial obligation in his application for early retirement and re-employment on agreement terms by the HKPF, which contained a false statement that he had no outstanding financial obligations, to mislead the HKPF. His application was subsequently approved and pension totalling over $2.5 million was released to him.

The defendant had also allegedly falsely represented to the Hong Kong Police Credit Union that he had not applied for loans from other banking or financial institutions, and with intent to defraud, induced the union to provide him a loan of over $80,000.

The case arose from a corruption complaint referred by the HKPF, which has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

The prosecution was today represented by Senior Public Prosecutor Noelle Aileen Chit, assisted by ICAC officer Berek Fung.
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