Cop gets community service order for illegal betting with bookmaker

A police officer was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service for placing illegal bets over HK$320,000 with a bookmaker on football matches and baccarat.

Alfred So Ching-fung, the 28-year-old Police Constable charged by the ICAC, was sentenced at the Shatin Magistrates' Courts on Thursday.

The defendant admitted having betted with a bookmaker on football matches and baccarat on various occasions between August 13 and October 27, 2021.

During the period, he had also transferred over 200 sums of money totalling over HK$320,000 to the bank account designated by the bookmaker.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint referred by the Hong Kong Police Force. The relevant corruption investigation is continuing.