A senior Housing Society officer yesterday admitted receiving HK$83,000 in kickbacks from a construction firm in return for helping it to secure renovation contracts for three buildings in Yuen Long. Chu Ka-hang, 28, pleaded guilty in Tuen Mun Court before Principal Magistrate Kwok Wai-kin to four counts of accepting an advantage as a public servant. Co-defendant Jimmy Ying Jim-ming, 44, assistant manager of the Housing Society's Yuen Long property management advisory centre, denied one count of accepting an advantage as a public servant, with which he was jointly charged with Chu in relation to about HK$10,000 in bribes they allegedly received for one of the contracts. Both defendants were remanded to appear again on June 6. The court heard the pair advised incorporated owners of buildings on various aspects of management. They allegedly received HK$10,000 in February this year from Chao Tak-kwong, a former colleague of Chu, and Kwong Chiu-kiu, a director of W.K. Construction Company, for their assistance in securing the building renovation contract for Kwan Wah Building for Kwong's company. The money was allegedly paid in a Yuen Long public toilet by Chao to Chu. The court also heard that Chu received a further HK$13,000 from Kwong and Chao on April 1 this year when the third Kwan Wah contract payment was released. Chu and Chao were then arrested at Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong after the money was handed to Chu there. Between a unspecified date last year and March, this year, Chu also received HK$40,000 and HK$20,000 from Kwong and Chao in relation to contracts for the renovations of Ho Fat Building and Fook Shun Building, both in Yuen Long.