Pair jailed for bribes paid to store manager

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 October, 2011, 12:00am


A contractor and his former business partner were yesterday jailed for six and three months, respectively, for paying kickbacks to the manager of a jewellery chain to secure contracts.

Kan Wai-keung, 48, and Yeung Wing-sing, 44, admitted offering illegal rebates totalling HK$215,443 to Kwong Chi-hang, a senior project officer at Luk Fook Holdings, in return for renovation and maintenance contracts.

Kwong was earlier sentenced to seven months' jail and ordered to pay HK$150,000 to the government.

In sentencing Yeung and Kan, Kwun Tong magistrate So Wai-tak said the pair committed serious offences and immediate custodial sentences were unavoidable.

Kan was granted bail of HK$10,000 pending an appeal against the sentence and was barred from leaving Hong Kong.

Kan, a proprietor of Shun Cheong Engineering, earlier admitted two counts of offering an advantage to an agent. Yeung pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to offer an advantage to an agent.

The court heard that Kan and Yeung paid the illegal rebates to Kwong between August 2008 and June last year.

For a brief period, Yeung paid the illegal rebate on behalf of Kan. But after their business partnership fell apart, Kan paid Kwong directly.

Luk Fook Holdings is a jewellery chain. Kwong was responsible for obtaining quotes and contracting out renovation or maintenance work for the company's shops and offices across the city.