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woman sentenced to probation for deceiving 110,000 dollars CSSA
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The Social Welfare Department is responsible for qualified persons to apply for CSSA
Two years ago, a greedy woman was deceived by "medicine-gang" taking away all her savings. When police investigated, this woman claiming to be unemployed turned out to have deceived The Social Welfare Department for 110,000 dollars over the past seven years by concealing her hundred thousand dollars savings. Earlier, the woman pleaded guilty to one count of fraud charges at the Kwun Tong Magistracy yesterday and sentenced to jail for four months, but sentence was suspended for one year. The magistrate said fraud is a serious offense, so the general imprisonment shall be imposed, but basing on defendant's health and probation report that the judge decided to suspend punishment to probation.
54-years-old defendant Chan Kok-Hueng allegedly concealed savings from The Social Welfare Departement delibrately between September 10, 2000 to June 9th 2007. She did not disclose her savings amount that had exceeded the upper limit of CSSA recipients in order to receive 116,900 dollars CSSA. The defendant's community service order report indicated that defendant is suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, vision problems, therefore it was not recommended the defendant to accept a community service order.
When sentencing, Deputy Magistrate Wan Siu-ming said that CSSA fraud is a very serious charge, and the court will normally take the imprisonment penalty in order to protect the public funds being properly spent. Since defendant expressed remorse and pleaded guilty, in addition to having poor health and taking care of her aging husband, together with a positive report from Probation Officer, defendant would have sentenced to community service if not for defendant's health condition.
The magistrate said that no that defendant not wanting to accept a community service order, but due to having no control over her health deteoriating. Since it was not suitable for defendant to receive a community service order, the magistrate believed that imprisonment was the only choice, but taking into account of defendant and other extenuating factors, the defendant was sentenced to four months imprisonment, but suspended for one year.
According to the prosecution's case, in the period from 2000 to 2007, defendant Chan Kok-Hueng was unemployed, and needed to take care of her aging husband as excuse applied to the Social Welfare Department for CSSA, but she concealed her savings that had exceeded the 100 thousands dollars income limit of CSSA, instead deceived a total of 116,900 dollars CSSA. To October 2006, the defendant called the police for being deceived by "medicine gang" of her entire life savings of over 100 thousand dollars. But when police investigated, it was revealed that she is a CSSA recipient and police suspected her reported savings amount had exceeded the statutory limit, so police informd the SWD to follow-up.
The defendant subsequently reached an agreement with the Social Welfare Department to repay CSSA money by installments. Since the beginning of each month from July last year, 1000 dollars was deducted from defendant's CSSA payments, and is expected to repaid all money owed to CSSA in 2016.
A Pedophile sodomize over hundred children in 20 years
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A pedophile admitted to indecent assault crime in Wan Chai District Court and was sentenced to 38 months
A Pedophile frequented Internet cafe where youths usually hang out in Sham Shui Po District for over 20 years and lured minor boys by 50 to 370 dollars to fiddle with their penises. Pedophile even admitted that he is well-known in the district to pay money to play minor boy's penis, and the incident was later exposed by a boy's older brother. Pedophile earlier admitted to indecent assault and soliciting for an immoral purpose, such 9 crimes in the District Court. Pedophile's psychiatric and psychological experts wrote in a report that defendent had sodmized over 100 children in two decades, and they assessed that the opportunity of committing the act again would be high. Judge Cheng believed defendant lacked self-examination so she sentenced the defendant to imprisonment for 38 months.
The defendant's name is Chung Chi-man, foreign name is Kenny, now 41 years old, he was once sentenced to 10 months jail in his early years for indecent assaulting minor boys, but he still repeated crime. Sentencing in court yesterday, Judge Cheng said though defendant pleading guilty could prevent victim's embarrassment to appear in court, but the defendant was impervious to warning, and lured children with money to sell their bodies and although they were involuntary, yet the defendant's act had corrupted the children that seriously affected their psychological health thus it is difficult to assess ramification. Therefore, all these clearly pointed out that the case was serious.
Relevant reports showed that defendant had tasted heterosexuality; he was once married, but is now separated from his mainland Chinese wife. The defendant with pedophilia for 20 years, was interest in 9 to 16 years-old boy and likes to fiddle their penises. The defendant began to hang around internet cafe and game centers in recent years, luring children with money to let him sodomize. The report also referred the defendant had become addicted to pedophilia, his thoughts deviated from social norm, lacked of self-restraint, difficult to tolerate boredom and prone to sexual impulses, and would manipulate to satisfy his own desires, such that he is at high risk of repeating the crime again.
The defense said the defendant was born in Hong Kong, and had been separated from Mainland Chinese wife for many years. The defendant engaged in a variety of industry such as transportation or administrative work, but all of jobs lacked stability. Recently, he was also unemployed, relying on CSSA (welfare) to live. The defense pointed out that the defendant needed treatment, and understood that imprisonment was inevitable.
The court heard that the defendant and the four boys ranging from nine-years-old to 13-years-old were Sham Shui Po residents who frequented Internet cafes. In 2007, the defendant asked nine-years-old victim twice to let him fiddle penis above pants. Since the boy lacked allowance, he did not refuse, allowing the defendant to fiddle while playing online game and received a total of 300 dollars. Since the end of last year and the beginning of this year, the defendant brought a 11 years old home three times to fiddle his penis, paying 370 dollars. The other two 12-years-old and 13-years-old victims were abetted by defendant to sell their bodies in last year July to August, but the two boys refused. In August last year, a victim's elder brother suddenly found the victim having money, and the incident was revealed after exploring. And so, the defendant admitted to the police after his arrest, "I have pedophilia, I can't stop to touch boys when I see them."
Housewife forged receipt for a thousand dollars, sentenced to community service
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A housewife forged receipts requesting refunds several times from a chain store
A housewife purchased 50 boxes of fish oil all at once for her son, but her son did not want to take it. Yet, she passed the 14 days of return policy, so she thought of buying additional 17 boxes of fish oil, forged a copy of the receipt to claim refund from the store, and she ended up successfully claiming over 1000 dollars who also returned more than 32 boxes, but she was discovered by the staff when she attempted to repeat this fraud again so police arrested her. Earlier, the housewife pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and two counts of attempted fraud. Yesterday at the Kowloon City Magistrates Court, she was sentenced to 160 hours community service.
Defendant Chu Pui-chen, 41-years-old, living in a private housing estate in Hung Hom with her husband and son, was fine in 2006 for theft. Defense lawyers said in plea yesterday that the report of defendant's background and mitigation letter indicated the defendant had a happy home, is a good mother and wife and a good staff, and the defendant also understood the mistake she made, and was remorseful and pleaded guilty hoping the court could give a lenient sentence .
When passing the sentence, the magistrate pointed out that the defendant committed an extremely serious crime, but taking into account of the circumstances of the case, the defendant's background report and other factors, the magistrate convicted the defendant to one count of fraud and two counts of attempted fraud and sentenced her to a total of 160 hours community service order which will be effective concurrently.
The court heard that in August last year the defendant bought 50 boxes of fish oil in Wanning and Watsons, but her son only had a few boxes. In order to recover money from remaining boxes, the defendant bought 17 boxes of fish oil from Mannings in Hung Hom and retained receipt. Later, using the original receipt from Hung Hom purchase and copies of two receipts, in two days going to Hung Hom and Central Mannings stores for 4 times asking to return 16 boxes of fish oil in total of 400 dollars to the store. In November 23 last year, the defendant tried the same trick in Central Mannings store again, but the staff revealed that the receipt was used twice for refund, so the staff called the police and informed the other branches, to which the defendant had to leave. On 6:00 p.m. the same day, the defendant went to a Mannings store in Hung Hom requesting a refund, and was arrested by the police. Under caution, defendant admitted that she committed the crime because of Manning's refund policy of returning items within 14 days.
Retired police sentenced to 7 years because of mailing thousand bullets into HuaiAn
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A retired police was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in Huaian City Jiangsu Province Intermediate People's Court because of sending over a thousand pieces of bullets and bullet heads to a Chinese Mainland netizen by mail.
According to the Xinhua News Agency, a retired Hong Kong police officer, Mr. Ho, now 55-years-old likes shooting sports who keeps a number of guns and bullets at home. After acquainting Wang whose from Huai'an Jiangsu Province online, on three occasions, Ho sent 974 air gun bullets, 67 rounds of military bullet heads, 63 military bullet casings , five empty bullets, and three small packets of gunpowder and other items to Wang by EMS from Hong Kong. In order to avoid customs checks, every time, Ho wrapped the bullets with aluminum foil. On parcel, he put false items name, false sender name, address and telephone number.
In August 2007, carrying seven shotgun cartridges and as Ho prepared to enter into Mainland China, he was stopped and discovered by the Lo Wu Control Point in Shenzhen, so he was handed over to the Customs in Huaian for investigation.
Huaian Court trial believed that the purpose of Ho smuggling bullets is to analyze and research together with online friend while smuggled bullets did not flow into society, and made no actual harm to social consequences, as appropriate, Ho received a seven years imprisonment sentence and fined 3000 dollars. At present, decision has taken effect.
Students looking for work are willing to work for a monthly salary of 6,000 dollars
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Job recruitment event in Tin Shui Wei attracted a large number of college graduates and recently unemployed middle management staffs to try their luck
At yesterday's recruitment meeting, in addition to retrenched middle management applicants from financial crisis, applicants also included many university graduates from last year. They all expressed that they were unemployed for several months under recession, and had sent dozens of letters but received no response. They were even more depressed as the Chinese New Year approaching, so they now do not mind the wages as long as they have a job, even if the job's monthly income was only 5000 or 6000 dollars.
The Labor Department held a two-day job fair in Tin Shui Wai providing more than 4000 job vacancies with monthly salary ranging from 4000 to 20000 dollars attracting 2600 people yesterday. Job fair started at 11:00, but more than 100 job-seekers were waiting for in line. Some university graduates said they had sent many letters in the past six months after graduation, but they did not receive a response. 22-years-old Miss Peng graduated last year, and had been unable to find a job, she said, "I sent a lot of letters (cover letters), also has been in interviews, but got no response, so I'm down." She studied Business Administration and knowing an economic downturn now, she would take on a job, if suitable, even the monthly salary was only 6000 dollars.
Some middle-aged job-seekers said competition increased as the economic turned into recession, so they worried that they could not find a job. Mr. Ho, had been in printing business for over a decade. His business plummeted after the financial crisis and he was one of the persons fired among half the employees staffs three months ago. "I have been sent forty to fifty letters in the past 3 months, and had 10 interviews, but all had no response, so I'm worry." Originally earning a monthly income of 10 thousand dollars, he said he did not mind the type of jobs because he only wanted a job, and demanded only 6000 or 7000 dollars of monthly salary.
Despite financial crisis in which many companies had large layoffs, some companies still expanded, not only recruiting a large number of employees, but continued to pay bonuses and pay increases of at least 2 percent or more. Hong Kong SGS, the Ministry of Personnel Assistant Manager Lee Siu-yin said the company's employees number has expanded 3 times to 1200 people since 2003, and will continue to expand this year. The goal is to hire 20 to 30 people, to which the highest paid job position is Exploration Supervisor for quality engineer of a monthly salary of 20,000 dollars. "Our company is not affected by the crisis. On the contrary, in financial crisis, our company needs more staff to verify the quality of the work done, such as during the period of SARS of hiring hundreds of people.", Said Lee Siu-yin. As to a total of 200 applications received from yesterday's job fair, of these, a quarter were university students, and most of them had work experience, and had no high demand for salary with an average requirement of about 9000 dollars.