Former shipping manager in court over alleged $7.5m scam
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A former shipping manager - charged with allegedly deceiving his employer of freight charges and duties worth over $7.5 million by using false invoices - entered no plea when he appeared in court on Tuesday, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said.
Lam Kwok-Leung, 42, a former employee of German-based ironware company Callisto, which trades in barbecue grills and ironware, appeared in the Kowloon City Magistracy. Lam had been charged by the ICAC.
He faced 21 counts of agents using documents with intent to mislead his principal, contrary to the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.
The case has been adjourned until June 2 in the District Court. Lam was granted $10,000 cash bail and must report to police three times a week.
The charges allege Lam used false invoices from Topstate Forwarding Company between January 2001 and July 2002 to deceive his principal.
The ICAC said these invoices purportedly showed that Topstate had provided a transportation service to Callisto, paid duties for it goods, or both.