Saturday, June 07, 2008

Update on Alleged Corruption

Regular readers of this blog may remember how, when I was on holiday last summer, one of our teachers was arrested, accused of corruption. More specifically that she was allegedly taking bribes to secure places at the School. The teacher concerned has left the School, but we heard yesterday that she is now, 10 months later, being charged. I have to be careful what I say for obvious reasons, but below is the Press Release issued by the relevant authority. (For the original details see under the label Corruption).

Ex-teacher charged for allegedly deceiving $700,000 from parents over admission applications (06.06.08)

The ICAC has charged a former primary school teacher for allegedly deceiving over $700,000 from parents in relation to their applications for admission to the school.

Ms X, 37, former senior teacher of Diocesan Preparatory School, faces six counts of fraud and two of attempted fraud.

The defendant will appear in Kowloon City Magistracy at 9:30 am next Wednesday (June 11) for mention.

The case arose from a corruption complaint. Subsequent ICAC enquiries revealed the above alleged offences.

The six fraud charges allege that the defendant had falsely represented to four parents that they could show their sincerity to the school in relation to their applications for admission of their sons to the school; and that the school would refund the payments to them irrespective of the outcome of their applications.

It is alleged that the defendant, with intent to defraud, had induced the parents to give her a total of $630,000.

The remaining two charges allege that the defendant, with intent to defraud, had attempted to induce one of the above parents and another parent to give her a total of over $70,000 for the same reason.

The alleged offences were said to have taken place between July 13 and 20, 2007.

The management of the school concerned had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation.

The defendant has been released on ICAC bail, pending her court appearance next Wednesday.

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