Ringo Wong, former assistant to Nina Wang, files ICAC complaint

Visit to graft-buster follows earlier claims of irregularities at charitable foundation

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 3:24am

The saga over Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum's HK$83 billion estate has taken a new twist after her long-time personal assistant filed a complaint with graft-busters.

The surprise move by Ringo Wong Lai-chuen, who worked closely with Wang - once Asia's richest woman - for 27 years, came after he criticised the Chinachem Group over the management of the Chinachem Charitable Foundation last month.

It came ahead of a High Court decision on the proper reading of Wang's will to decide whether the foundation will inherit the estate as a beneficiary or as a trustee.

Wong arrived yesterday at the Independent Commission Against Corruption's headquarters at about 3pm and left 2-1/2 hours later. He did not answer any questions from the media.

A senior lawyer said it was unlikely that the court's handling of the case would be affected by Wong's complaint.

Billy Ma Wah-yan, a member of the Law Society council, said a judge would usually decide a case only on evidence heard in court.

Ma, a probate expert, said the case would be affected only if Wong's complaint related to evidence advanced in the hearing.

"If the complaint is about evidence used in court, that may affect the credibility of a witness and possibly the case," he said.

However, there would little impact on the case if the complaint was about the management of the foundation or a particular member of the foundation, Ma said, stressing that the court was asked to decide only on how the will should be read.

In December, Wong told a Chinese language newspaper that "someone" from Chinachem was in "serious breach" of his or her duty and was "corrupt". He also called the books and accounts "messy".

Wang's godson Anthony Quintin Cheung also said last month that the foundation had failed to fulfil Wang's wishes in the past five years. The board of directors comprises Wang's three siblings and two longtime employees of Chinachem Group.

Wang died of cancer in 2007. The Court of Final Appeal ruled that the foundation would inherit Wang's estate after it rejected in 2011 fung shui master Tony Chan Chun-chuen's claim, saying that the will he held was fake.