Con man convicted over identity fraud

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 June, 2007, 12:00am

A con man who used a false recruitment advertisement on the Labour Department's website to trick job seekers into supplying personal information which he used to apply for loans and credit cards was convicted on 10 counts of deception yesterday.

Chung Wai-man, 38, had run up debts of HK$120,000 using the information, the District Court heard.

He pleaded not guilty on April 30 to 11 counts of deception and was convicted on 10 of them yesterday.

Judge Patrick Li Hon-leung put off sentencing to June 16 and called for a background report after Chung, through lawyer Simon Yip, refused to give a reason for the offences.

Prosecuting barrister Wong Po-wing had told the court that Chung had placed an advertisement on the website that stated that a telecommunications engineering company was hiring apprentices.

Between May and November 2005, three victims who applied for the jobs were asked to attend interviews with Chung and provide copies of their identity cards, proof of address, bank books and ATM cards.

They were told that the company would provide them with an on-the-job training course with the Institute of Vocational Education and a salary of HK$5,000 per month. But they were never offered the course and jobs after the interview.

The offences came to light when victims received telephone calls from banks and financial companies demanding repayment of loans of which they had no knowledge.

Police revealed that Chung made use of the victims' information to apply for loans, credit cards, and telephone and internet services.