Police station sergeant charged with soliciting and accepting more than $420,000 in unauthorized loans

The ICAC charged a police station sergeant on Monday with soliciting and accepting unauthorized loans totaling more than HK$420,000 from former subordinates and a former supervisor, and perverting the course of public justice by inducing one of them to make a false statement to the commission concerning his investigation.

Wong Chi-ming, 52, faces 13 counts, including eight of prescribed agent accepting a benefit; two of the prescribed officers soliciting a benefit; that of committing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice; one of an agent using a document with the intent to deceive his principal; and one for fraud.

The offenses allegedly took place between May 2020 and June 2021. In early December 2020, the accused was assigned to a patrol sub-unit of the Tin Sum division. Prior to this assignment, he was attached to a patrol sub-unit in the Kwai Chung Division.

The charges allege that he sought two loans totaling HK$90,000 from a former subordinate police officer (PC) and a former supervisor, a police inspector, in Kwai Chung Division, and that he accepted eight loans totaling more than HK$335,000 from two other former subordinate PCs in Kwai Chung Division.

Another charge alleges that the Defendant, with intent to pervert the course of public justice, instigated, instigated and directed one of the above former subordinate PCs to make a false statement to the ICAC regarding an investigation on loans.

The twelfth charge concerns the defendant who requested early retirement and conventional re-engagement by the police. The prosecution alleges that he used a statement which contained a false statement that he had no outstanding financial obligations, to mislead the Mounted Police. His application was later approved and a pension totaling more than HK$2.5 million was paid to him.

The remaining charge alleges that the defendant falsely told the Credit Union Police that he had not applied for loans from other banking or financial institutions and, with intent to defraud, instigated the union to grant a loan of over HK$80,000.

The investigation followed a complaint of corruption forwarded by the police. The accused was released on bail from the ICAC, pending his appearance in the Shatin Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for citation.

Garland K. Long