Ex-director of optical retailer charged as ICAC probe reveals falsifying invoices
A former director of an optical retailer was charged by the ICAC today (June 27) for allegedly falsifying invoices totalling over $380,000 in relation to procurement of glasses and using them to deceive the retailer.
Lam Chun-bong, 45, former director-cum-shareholder of Eye Vision, faces one count of using false instruments, contrary to Section 73 of the Crimes Ordinance; and four counts of false accounting, contrary to Section 19(1)(a) of the Theft Ordinance.
The investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon completion of the investigation, legal advice was sought from the Department of Justice, which advised preferring the above charges against the defendant. He was released on ICAC bail, pending his appearance in the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday (June 29) for plea.
At the material time, the defendant was one of the directors-cum-shareholders of optical retailer Eye Vision and its related companies, including Eye Vision (Tai Wai) Limited (Eye Vision (Tai Wai)). He was responsible for managing the daily operation of Eye Vision and its related stores, including procuring glasses and issuing cheques for settling operational expenses of the stores.
One of the charges alleges that between September 2017 and February 2018, the defendant used nine invoices purportedly issued by a supplier with the intention of inducing Eye Vision (Tai Wai) to accept them as genuine.
The nine allegedly false invoices purportedly showed that the supplier had supplied about $310,000 worth of glasses to Eye Vision (Tai Wai). ICAC investigation revealed that the supplier was in fact a bogus company.
Four other charges allege that between June and October 2018, the defendant dishonestly falsified four invoices, totalling about $75,000, purportedly issued by another supplier for an accounting purpose. The invoices showed that the items listed on the invoices were supplied by the supplier at the stated prices.
ICAC investigation revealed that the supplier had never supplied the items as listed on the four invoices or issued the invoices.