Ex-manager of green wall installation company charged as ICAC probe reveals business diversion fraud
A former marketing manager of a green wall installation company was charged by the ICAC yesterday (June 29) with fraud by making false representations to its clients that the company was renamed so as to divert its business totalling over $160,000 to a company related to her.
Lee Man-ling, 36, former marketing manager of Midori Creation International Limited (Midori), faces three counts of fraud, contrary to Section 16A of the Theft Ordinance. She was released on ICAC bail, pending her appearance in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts next Monday (July 4) for plea.
At the material time, the defendant was responsible for sourcing business for Midori, which specialised in green wall installation and maintenance services. She tendered her resignation in early October 2018 and left the company in early November the same year. According to her employment contract, she should not carry out business which would compete with Midori during her tenure.
Two of the charges allege that between July 2018 and April 2019, the defendant falsely represented to two clients of Midori that the company had been renamed to Plant Plant Holding Company Limited (Plant Plant) and with intent to defraud, induced the two clients to engage the services of Plant Plant.
ICAC investigation revealed that the two clients believed in the defendant’s false representations and engaged Plant Plant to provide services involving payments totalling over $160,000.
The remaining charge alleges that between late October and early November 2018, the defendant concealed from Midori that she was carrying out business for Plant Plant and with intent to defraud, induced Midori to allow her to continue handling the clients of Midori.
The investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon completion of the investigation, legal advice was sought from the Department of Justice, which advised charging the defendant.
Midori has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.