University fraudster may face spell in jail

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2011, 12:00am


An instructor at City University who forged a signature and used a company under his control to tender for a university project was told yesterday he faced a possible jail term.

Deputy Magistrate Ko Wai-hung told Timothy Wan Yiu-chung, 50, he did not believe Wan's assertion that he was only helping a friend and made no personal gain.

Wan pleaded guilty in Kowloon City Court to one count of fraud. Prosecutors agreed to offer no evidence on a further charge of using a false document in the purchase of a batch of trophies costing HK$2,500.

Ko remanded Wan in custody to August 8 for sentence, pending background and social service order reports, and told him he could go to jail because of the seriousness of the offence.

The court heard that Wan set up a company called Complex Production in 2003 and held a bank account under its name. After the business licence expired, Wan used his mother's name to set up a new company with the same name in 2009.

In August of that year Wan, an instructor in the university's School of Continuing and Professional Education, used the company to tender for a project involving students' orientation activities under the university's Yi Jin programme.

Prosecutor Ada Chan said Wan, who concealed his relationship with Complex Production from the university, forged the signature of a woman, Li Kwan-yee, in submitting the tender. The bid was successful and the company got HK$68,250 from the university for the project.

Defence lawyer Albert Poon said Wan was only helping Li to tender for the project and he did not make any personal gain from it. Li, who was on the mainland at the time, had given Wan consent to sign on her behalf in submitting the tender document, Poon said.

The lawyer said Li was the one who actually provided the service to the university and received the payment.