Former district councillor accused of HK$1.7m fraud

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 January, 2012, 12:00am


A former district councillor allegedly cheated the government out of HK$1.7 million by making false claims to pay for salaries and other expenses at his own apparel business, the District Court heard yesterday.

Former Eastern District councillor Manuel Chan Tim-shing, 52, and his assistant Jackie Ng Siu-lin, 44, deny working together to file more than 120 bogus claims for allowances and operation expenses to the district council's secretariat between 2000 and last year. They pleaded not guilty to four joint counts of fraud.

Prosecutor Newman Wong Hing-wai said the claims were meant to cover salaries for four assistants whose work was related to the district council. But the assistants, including Ng, took work related to Chan's Hang Shing Apparel firm, Wong said.

Chan used the same location as an office for his district council work and his apparel factory.

Ng, while employed as a district council assistant, had visited a mainland factory on behalf of Hang Shing and liaised with its clients. The other assistants sent product samples to clients while working as district council assistants, the court heard.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption arrested Chan and Ng in May last year.

The trial continues before Judge Joseph Yau Chi-lap.