Ex-employee of construction company sentenced for bribery over columbarium construction

2020-5-6


A former employee of a construction company, charged by the ICAC, was today (May 6) sentenced at the Tuen Mun Magistracy for soliciting and accepting illegal commissions from hardware retailers in relation to hardware supplies for the construction of a private columbarium.

Leung Wai-lun, 31, former assistant project manager of Wai Tat Foundation & Engineering Limited (Wai Tat), was sentenced by Magistrate Ms Kelly Shui to perform 200 hours of community services.

The defendant earlier pleaded guilty to two charges – one of agent soliciting an advantage, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO), and one of conspiracy for agent to accept an advantage, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the POBO and Section 159A of the Crimes Ordinance.

The court heard that at the material time, Leung was the assistant project manager of Wai Tat responsible for overseeing construction work at a private columbarium at Tsing Shan Tsuen in Tuen Mun.

In around July 2017, Leung was assigned to identify a hardware retailer to supply hardware and equipment for the construction work. He then approached the proprietor of a hardware retailer and solicited from him 10 per cent of the value of the purchase orders as commissions. The proprietor did not accede to Leung’s request.

Leung then approached Lai Maojian, the proprietor of another hardware retailer – San Hang Fat Metal Company (San Hang Fat). The duo agreed on a commission rate of five per cent, the court heard.

Between August 2017 and July 2018, Wai Tat had placed orders with San Hang Fat in the total sum of over $200,000.

Leung admitted that he had received three cheques in the total sum of over $5,500 and a cash payment from San Hang Fat. ICAC enquiries revealed that the illegal commissions amounted to over $9,600, the court was told.

Lai, 41, was also charged by the ICAC for his role in this case. After pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy for agent to accept an advantage jointly charged with Leung, Lai was sentenced to 120 hours of community service in December 2019.

Wai Tat had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Ruby Cheung.
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