A case of forging documents
Recently, the ex-vice president of East West Bank Wang Zheng was charged for making false claim of meal expenses totaling over HK$16,000 contrary to s.9(3) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap.201)(POBO).
According to POBO, it is a crime for an agent of a company to deceive his principal with an intention to use any false receipt or account. The offence requires the principle to be interested in respect of the document and there is a false document with the offender having an intention to mislead the principal.
In the above case, the defendant was entitled to apply for reimbursement of meal expenses incurred in meetings with clients. However, the authorities discovered that the defendant forged eight receipts from five restaurants by adding a digit in the sum. The defendant however, denies the charge by asserting that the claiming of expenses was conducted in a haphazard manner that one cannot ascertain whether the receipts were handed by the defendant herself. Whether she will be convicted depends on the evidence and examination in future hearings. If she is convicted, she shall be liable to a fine of HK$500,000 and imprisonment of 7 years.
Ms. Ngan is on the panel of Solicitors for the Legal Aid Department of criminal matters, matrimonial/family law, employee compensation, personal injury, medical negligence, and land disputes and has participated in cases related to the Hague Convention on the Abduction of Children, which involved parental abduction of children in and out of the country. In addition, she provides legal advice to clients concerning marriage or relationship breakdown, drafts pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, separation deeds and divorce agreements, and assists to delete non-biological father’s name on birth certificate. Ms Ngan is also experienced in handling void marriage petition, unreasonable behavior divorce petitions, litigation regarding the validity of the Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), applying for Guardianship Order, Debt-related legal advices, employees’ violations of fiduciary duties such as conflict of interests and breach of confidentiality, applications for Dependent Visas, Company, Shares and Property transfers Due Diligence Check, Building Mortgages, Re-mortgage of public housing flats/HOS units, handling landlord-tenant dispute cases, Adverse Possession, cases involving investigations by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Immigration Department or Police Force, traffic crime cases, criminal defense or mitigation, probate application for Hong Kong residents who have died outside Hong Kong, civil litigation and debt claims, etc.