Two men in court on corruption charges
Updated at 5.43pm:
Two men appeared in the Western Court on Tuesday for alleged bribery over purchases for an accountancy firm, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said.
The men: a former employee of an accountancy firm, and a supplier, faced bribery charges over the purchase of light bulbs and fluorescent lamps for the company.
Cheung Chun-ming, 41, a former mail room supervisor of Arthur Andersen and Li Tack, 73, a proprietor of Tick Ming Electrical Company, faced a total of 31 corruption charges.
No pleas were taken. Magistrate Michael Jenkins adjourned the case to October 16, pending transfer to the district court. The defendants were each granted bail of $5,000.
The ICAC said Cheung was responsible for purchasing office sundries from suppliers while employed by Arthur Andersen. He faced 14 counts of accepting $76,771 in total from Li, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (PBO).
The bribes, allegedly accepted by Cheung between March 13 and September 30, 2000, were for Cheung to place purchase orders with Tick Ming on behalf of Arthur Andersen.
ICAC investigations revealed that the bribe payments were alleged to be equivalent to 50 per cent of the purchase value.
Cheung was further charged with three counts of using payment vouchers of Arthur Andersen, containing false statements to deceive his principal, under Section 9(3) of PBO.
The charges alleged Cheung of falsely representing in the vouchers that goods worth $35,248 in total were sold by Tick Ming between July 29 and September 29, 2000, and that Arthur Andersen was liable to pay the sums of money.
Meanwhile, Li faced 14 counts of offering bribes totalling $76,771 to Cheung for securing business from Arthur Andersen.