Councillor jailed for 18 months over rent fraud Kowloon City district councillor Virginia Fung King-man was jailed for 18 months yesterday for fraudulently claiming HK$604,360 in rent. Deputy Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong ruled that Fung had dishonestly submitted 72 bogus rental payment receipts to deceive the government into granting her reimbursements from 1998 to 2004. Judge Yau acquitted fellow councillor Lau Ting-pong on two similar charges. They had both pleaded not guilty. Ex-detective faces bribery charges after 22 years A former detective wanted by the Independent Commission Against Corruption on bribery charges for 22 years appeared in District Court. Lai Chi-ming, 54, faced two counts of bribery after allegedly taking money from a woman to help her escape a charge for performing an illegal abortion. No plea was taken and Judge Mary Yuen Lai-wah adjourned the case until December 22. Money changers to keep better records, check ID The government gazetted amendments to the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance. As of January 26, remittance agents and money exchangers will have to verify customers' identity and keep records of transactions of HK$8,000 and above rather than the current ceiling of HK$20,000. Man arrested for assaulting officers A man was arrested for assaulting two policemen after a scuffle in Yau Ma Tei. The man, 54, was stopped for routine questioning while pushing a trolley loaded with tools in Pitt Street at 3.40am. During inquiries, he pushed a sergeant to the ground and scuffled with a constable but was overpowered and arrested. Endangered list expanded An amended endangered species protection law came into effect. Humphead wrasse, freshwater turtles, and a type of wood called agarwood have been added to the list to comply with the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora. Festive blowout likely Retailers could enjoy a Christmas bonanza, according to a survey by Hong Kong Shue Yan College's Department of Economics, which found 92 per cent of 1,476 respondents said they would spend as much or more than during last year's festive season.