Additional charges for duo who defrauded parents of elite Hong Kong school

Prosecutor tells District Court how one parent was scammed out of HK$1.5 million

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 January, 2017, 9:54pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 January, 2017, 9:59pm

Additional charges have been laid against a former employee of an elite international school who, with her husband, is accused of attempting to defraud parents out of up to HK$3.6 million.

On day one of the District Court trial of Chu Lau-ying, a former student admissions officer at Harrow International School in Tuen Mun, prosecutors said the 27-year-old faced further fraud charges involving HK$600,000.

Prosecutor Li Kwok-wai told the court how Chu contacted the mother of a student and told her she needed to make a HK$600,000 sponsorship payment.

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After making the payment, the parent repeatedly asked Chu to issue a receipt, but to no avail. Chu then suggested issuing a receipt from a jewellery shop instead, Li added.

The prosecutor said Chu’s actions raised the suspicions of the parent, who lodged a report with the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

The money was later located in Chu’s then-boyfriend, now her husband Ng Mei-chuen’s bank account.

Chu is also accused of inducing another parent to make a HK$1.5 million payment into Ng’s account as a donation to Harrow’s new Shanghai branch and to secure priority entry for their child.

The prosecutor described how Chu told the parent her child had an average interview and did not have a high chance of being accepted. She told the parent they were selected for a donation scheme, which would give their child priority entry if they donated between HK$1.5 million and HK2.5 million, Li added.

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The parent eventually passed Chu a HK$1.5 million cheque addressed to Ng.

Ng has been charged with dealing with proceeds of crime amounting to HK$600,000 and HK$1.5 million.

In a third instance, Li described how Chu allegedly attempted to defraud another parent by telling them their child was ranked low on a waiting list, and requested a donation of between HK$1.5 million and HK2.5 million to boost the prospective student’s chances of entry.

While the parent initially agreed to pay the amount, the transaction did not occur. The parent also discovered the school had no such donation arrangement in place, Li said.

The court was adjourned and is set to continue Tuesday.