Driver admits licence forgery

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 March, 2008, 12:00am

A driver impersonated his former wife's boyfriend to buy a light goods van and racked up 58 unpaid parking fines, a court heard yesterday.

The District Court was told that Yuen Kwok-hing was arrested on June 4 last year as he had been placed on the watch list because of the unpaid fines.

But Mr Yeun denied being the owner of the van and said he did not know about any court summonses or fines relating to the vehicle. The police then began investigating.

The court heard Liu Wai-keung, 45, applied to the Transport Department to renew a vehicle licence for the light goods van on October 18, 2002. But instead of using his own name, he used Mr Yuen's personal details and forged his signature.

During 2002 and 2003, Liu collected about 38 traffic tickets issued to Mr Yuen for illegally parking the van, but none were paid.

On December 1, 2003, Kowloon City Court received two letters written by Liu in Mr Yuen's name, pleading guilty to two traffic summonses.

Liu was arrested on July 26, 2007. He admitted impersonating Mr Yuen to register the car licence and to pay for third-party insurance for the van in November 2002.

The court heard Mr Yuen was the boyfriend of Liu's former wife, Ka Kin-hung. Mr Yuen and Ms Ka lived together and Liu went to their flat occasionally to visit his children.

Defence barrister Simon Ng told the court that Liu used Mr Yuen's personal information in the car registration because he had unpaid traffic penalties and could not register using his own information.

Liu pleaded guilty before Deputy District Court Judge Albert Wong Sung-hau to one charge of using a false instrument, one charge of fraud and two charges of acting with intent to pervert the course of justice. He will be sentenced on March 20.