Siblings face fraud charges over television quiz bribery

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 August, 2013, 7:48am

A brother and sister appeared in court yesterday accused of offering a bribe of about HK$46,000 to a Now TV engineer in return for tips to win HK$350,000 in a game show.

Fung Kin-fung, 29, and his sister Fung Kin-man, 28, allegedly conspired with the engineer to defraud Now TV operator PCCW Media and allegedly induced it to pay prize money to them and two other contestants in the television quiz show in 2011.

The pair are jointly charged with conspiracy to defraud. The elder Fung also faces one count of conspiracy to offer an advantage to an agent.

The two entered no plea at Eastern Court.

Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai granted a six-week adjournment for defence lawyers to discuss the case with them.

Both Fungs have been released on HK$10,000 cash bail and will reappear on September 18 to enter their pleas.

One of the charges alleges that between July and August 2011, the elder Fung conspired with contestant Chan Po-ming to offer a bribe to the assistant broadcast engineer to give the correct answers to Chan.

The engineer was employed by broadband network HKT Services and was responsible for helping organise the show. Participants gave their answers to the quiz remotely through HKT.

The alleged bribe ranged from 65 per cent to 70 per cent of Chan's winnings in the quiz.

Each show asked eight questions of participants. Those who answered all the questions correctly shared HK$100,000.

The other charge says that between June and December 2011, the defendants conspired with the engineer to defraud PCCW Media by getting it to release prize money to participant Fung Hing-yee, Chan and themselves.

At the time, the two defendants were subscribers to Now TV, a 24-hour pay-TV service provider that had an installed subscriber base of 1.204 million at the end of June.