A small number of RTHK staff used bogus freelance work claim forms to gain reimbursement for operational expenses from 1995 to 1997, District Court Judge Joseph Yau Chi-lap said yesterday in convicting veteran producer Chan King-chong. Chan had claimed the reimbursement arrangement had been standard practice within the public broadcaster for many generations. The judge found that at least four people abused the freelance work pay system after he accepted a stack of documents submitted by Chan, who said the bogus claims were usually accompanied by a description sheet with receipts to account for the genuine expenses. The documents, which Chan found in his office after his arrest, were photocopies of the description sheet bearing names and the nature of expenses, but without the original receipts, dated 1996 and 1997. The judge said radio staff had used such arrangements to claim the costs of printing name cards, making cabinets, taxi fares, buying gifts, newspapers, insurance, wine and dinner. The payments, which had all been approved and paid, were signed by assistant director of RTHK Cheung Man-sun and then Radio 2 head Luke Tsang Chee-wah. The names on the description sheets included Mr Tsang, Clarence Yang Kut-si and show host Au Yeung Tak-fan, the judge noted. Documents submitted in defence evidence earlier also showed one of the description sheets was to a freelance scriptwriter for HK$500, but HK$427.60 was paid under the claim to Mr Cheung after he bought drinks for artists in the canteen. Chan said in the witness box earlier that his then immediate boss, producer David Ho Chung-yan, had made similar claims in the name of his mother. RTHK also confirmed 122 payments were made to Mr Ho's mother when he was a producer for The Morning Suite.