Wong Tai Sin councilor Joe Chan Yim-kwong faces expenses fraud charge

Local | 13 Jun 2018 5:08 pm

A member of the Wong Tai Sin District Council was today charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption with defrauding the Home Affairs Department of reimbursement of his part-time assistant's salary payments of HK$15,000.

Joe Chan Yim-kwong, 48, faces one count of fraud under the Theft Ordinance.

He will appear in the Kowloon City Magistracy on Friday for plea.

The case arose from a corruption complaint, the ICAC said.

Joe Chan employed a woman as his part-time assistant at a monthly salary of HK$5,000 between January and December 2016. In March 2016, the woman resigned.

The charge alleges that between May 5 and July 12, 2016, Joe Chan falsely represented that the woman was employed by him as a part-time assistant between April and June 2016; submitted to the HAD operating expenses reimbursement applications to show that he had paid a HK$5,000 monthly salary to that woman each month; and with intent to defraud, induced staff members of the HAD to process and effect payment of a total sum of HK$15,000 as reimbursement of the operating expenses, This resulted in benefit to him or prejudice to the Government, the ICAC charged.

The HAD has gave its full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation.

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