Postal worker jailed over faked doctors’ notes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 December, 2012, 1:03pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 December, 2012, 2:51pm

A Hongkong Post worker was jailed for 26 months for using fake documents he bought from popular mainland shopping site Taobao to get 635 rest days over four years.

Tang Lai-kit, 40, also claimed HK$217,381 in sick leave allowance, the court heard.

District Judge Frankie Yiu Fun-che said Tang’s actions were premeditated and serious given the long time span.

Tang, a former contract worker at the Central Post Office, first used a counterfeit medical certificate to claim a day off for back pain in 2009.

He later claimed that he was suffering from an anxiety disorder after he legitimately received three days off work for injuring his finger while performing his duties.

At that time, he earned HK$335 a day for sorting and weighing mail and other manual work.

His crimes came to light when Hongkong Post grew suspicious of the large number of sick days Tang was taking.

The post office raised the matter with the Medical Council, which advised it to refer the case to law enforcement officers.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption subsequently launched an investigation and arrested Tang on January 10 this year.

In Tang’s flat in Wong Chuk Hang, ICAC officers found more than 900 blank doctor’s notes bearing the names of Dr Lee Kuen and Dr Lam Tak-wa. They also seized two fake doctors’ stamps.

Tang told the investigators that he had bought the bogus doctor’s notes from Taobao and faked the doctors’ signatures.