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Ex-Thomson Reuters manager charged with fraud over HK$19m in orders awarded to father’s firm

He allegedly failed to declare his father was in charge of a company the media multinational included on a list of approved suppliers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 October, 2016, 7:31pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 October, 2016, 11:04pm

A former facilities manager for Thomson Reuters was charged with fraud by Hong Kong’s anti-graft authorities on Wednesday for allegedly failing to declare to the media multinational that his father owned a company to which it awarded more than HK$19 million worth of work over a period of nearly seven years.

Stephen Lam Wing-on, 39, will make his first appearance in court on Friday at the Eastern Court in Sai Wan Ho, where prosecutors are expected to transfer his case to the District Court for him to enter a plea.

The case arose from a corruption complaint made to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the city’s anti-graft agency.

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Lam was a facilities manager at Thomson Reuters Hong Kong, formerly known as Reuters Hong Kong, where he was tasked with maintaining office equipment and facilities at its local offices, according to the ICAC.

His father, meanwhile, was the registered proprietor of Skytech Engineering & Co, which was established in January 2007.

It is alleged that the younger Lam failed to declare that interest to his employer and induced the media company – with the intent to defraud – to include and ­maintain his father’s company on a list of approved suppliers for the provision of goods and services.

The offence allegedly spanned nearly seven years, from August 2007 to February 14, 2014. The failure to disclose the interest was said to have resulted in gains for Skytech, or caused Thomson Reuters Hong Kong to suffer unfair treatment, as the former was awarded orders worth more than HK$19 million by the media firm.

Under Hong Kong’s Theft Ordinance, fraud is punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment upon conviction on indictment.