LCSD manager charged by ICAC over false work attendance records

An assistant manager of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department was on Tuesday charged by anti-corruption watchdog for covering up being late for work for 30 hours in total using false attendance records with altered clock-in entries.

The investigation by Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) arose from a complaint referred by the department.

Tsang Lai-ping, 41, was charged with four counts of agent using document with intent to deceive her principal, in violation of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

Tsang was required to report for duty at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre at 9.30am five days a week to organize theater shows. Since late November 2020, her reporting time was changed to 10am following LCSD’s implementation of flexible duty hours as the city entered the fourth wave of Covid outbreak.

The charges accused Tsang of using four monthly attendance records of October 2020 to January 2021 containing false statements with intent to deceive the department, in which her reporting time in 27 entries had been altered so that they appeared earlier than the actual times she clocked in.

ICAC investigation revealed that Tsang was late for work for a total of around 30 hours on 27 occasions in those four months. Her reporting times in the 27 entries were advanced by an hour on average, while one of them was even altered to appear two hours early.

Based on the monthly attendance records containing false information submitted by Tsang, the department didn't deduct a total of over HK$9,700 from her salary payments according to the Civil Service Regulation.

She has been released on ICAC bail and will enter plea in West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts on Thursday.

ICAC thanked the department for their assistance during its investigation.

An ICAC spokesperson reminded civil servants to uphold a high standard of integrity and abide by law at all times so as to maintain public confidence in the civil service.