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Hong Kong police

Former top anti-gang officer charged with accepting money and sex in exchange for information

Ng Wai-hon is accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for information about investigations into two nightclubs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 October, 2017, 10:16pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 October, 2017, 8:07am

Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog charged a former top anti-gang police officer on Tuesday with accepting cash and sex in exchange for warning nightclubs about impending investigations.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) charged superintendent Ng Wai-hon, 53, with a single count of public servant accepting an advantage.

Ng also faced another joint charge of conspiracy for a public servant accepting advantages with Luen Kei-cheung, 46, and Tse Hoi-kin, 37 – the two operators of MB Club Mont Busa and Golden in Wan Chai.

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The three men will appear at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

According to the ICAC, the alleged conspiracy took place between November 29, 2015 and January 24, 2017. Ng, who worked in the crime unit of Hong Kong Island regional police headquarters at the time, accepted $114,000 (US$14,600) on five occasions, and $210,000 on another occasion, from Luen and Tse as rewards for disclosing confidential information about investigations into the nightclubs.

Ng, who worked in Organised Crime and Triad Bureau until 2015, was also accused of accepting free sexual service of a woman provided by Luen on January 11 this year, as a reward for disclosing to similar confidential information to Luen.

Luen alone faced a charge of offering an advantage to a public servant.

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Ng joined the force as an inspector in 1996 was part of the team who investigated police constable Tsui Po-ko, who was implicated in a series of crimes. Tsui died in a shoot-out with another officer in Tsim Sha Tsui in 2006.

In June 2015, Ng led the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau and confiscated records of HK$767 million in bets on soccer matches and horse racing from the syndicate’s bases in Hong Kong and Guangdong after a months-long investigation.