A woman and her brother were jailed for 10 months and four months respectively for defrauding PCCW Media of HK$350,000, by bribing a Now TV insider to provide them with the correct answers to a game show.
Fung Kwan-wai, 29, formerly known as Fung Kin-man, and her 30-year-old brother, Fung Kin-fung, had pleaded guilty to conspiring with two others to bribe an assistant broadcast engineer related to the interactive TV game, Action to Money.
In pleading for leniency, the defense lawyer said Fung Kwan-wai had tried to raise money to marry her live-in boyfriend - the person bribed.
Eastern Magistrates' Court was told the boyfriend was responsible for monitoring the computer systems of Now TV's digital receiver, allowing him to find out the answers, which he relayed to his girlfriend.
The two siblings and two other contestants - their other sister and the brother's secondary school classmate - won nearly HK$350,000 between June and December 2011.
Magistrate Joseph To Ho-shing said prison terms were appropriate as winning cash awards fraudulently was no different than other fraud cases.
To sentenced the brother to four months, as he committed the crime not out of self-interest. But he jailed the sister for 10 months as she had probably been swayed by her boyfriend, and for causing her brother to be imprisoned.
"[She] may not be able to forgive herself," To said. STAFF REPORTER