Former Miss HK 2nd runner-up jailed nine months over tax evasion case

Isabella Kau Hung-ping, who finished third in the 1982 Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant, was on Friday sentenced to nine months in jail after she was convicted of tax evasion.

The 60-year-old, now an insurance agent, was previously convicted of 11 counts of willfully evading tax with intent in West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts two weeks ago and was released on bail for HK$55,000.

Earlier, the court heard that Kau falsely claimed deduction of "office assistants" expenses in the profit and loss accounts of the insurance business for the years 2009/10 to 2011/12.

She also made false declarations in her tax returns for 2008/09 and 2013/14 to 2016/17 that her father lived with her continuously for five full years and claimed an additional dependent parent allowance.

The total of Kau's false claims of expenses and allowances for the eight years of assessment was HK$770,000, and the total tax evaded was HK$86,849.