Quantity surveyor denies defrauding Hong Kong government with fake quotes

ICAC alleges Chan Kwok-wing faked bills for work in Central and at Kai Tak development

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 7:47pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 June, 2017, 1:36am

A quantity surveyor on Tuesday denied conspiring to defraud the government of about HK$3.9 million with fake quotes for building work.

Chan Kwok-wing, 48, faced two charges of conspiracy to defraud at Kowloon City Court. They related to three quotes for two government building projects, in the Kai Tak Development Area and New Central Harbourfront.

The alleged offences happened between May 2013 and August 2014.

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Back then, Chan worked for Able Engineering, and handled the company’s contract with the Architectural Services Department. Able Engineering subcontracted its works orders to another engineering company.

The case arose from an investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

According to one of the charges, Chan allegedly conspired with the operator of the other engineering company to defraud the department by inducing its staff to approve bogus quotes for supplying and installing four pavilions and a hardwood chair at the Kai Tak site, for almost HK$1.7 million.

The other charge related to another allegedly fake quote for supplying and installing eight pavilions at New Central Harbourfront, in Central in two works orders totalling about HK$2.19 million.

Chan pleaded not guilty. Principal Magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen adjourned the case to July 25 for a pretrial review. He granted Chan cash bail of HK$20,000.