Doctor accused of Jockey Club fraud

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 August, 2011, 12:00am

The ICAC has charged another voting member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club with fraud over an application for racing membership of the club, in an investigation that has already resulted in charges against nine people.

Dr David Ho Wai-tak, 69, a medical doctor, was the second of the club's 200 voting members charged. He faces one count of conspiracy to defraud.

Ho will appear in Eastern Court tomorrow for transfer to the District Court, an Independent Commission Against Corruption spokesman said.

Last night, a Jockey Club spokeswoman refused to comment.

The charge alleges that between January and March 2009, Ho; Stanley Lawrence Freedman, an honorary voting member; and another person conspired to defraud the club by falsely stating that information in an application for racing membership was true. The commission refused to reveal the name of the third person.

The trio were alleged to have provided false information, including details of their relationship with the applicant and their reasons for supporting the application.

Eight people, including two honorary voting members, one voting member and three other members of the club, face a total of 10 charges, including bribery, and will appear in the District Court on August 16.

The ninth defendant denies conspiracy to defraud in his application for racing membership and will be tried in Eastern Court on October 10.


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