A police sergeant pleaded guilty at a local court Tuesday after being charged with fraud and nine other offenses, including accepting and soliciting unauthorized loans worth HK$170,000, RTHK reported.
The defendant’s lawyer sought leniency for his client, a 40-year-old person named Yau Chun-kit.
The lawyer told the Eastern Magistrates’ Court that Yau’s elder sister had been diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and that HK$600,000 was required for medical treatment.
She unfortunately passed away the same year and Yau’s mother has suffered from depression since, the lawyer said.
In addition, the police sergeant has been receiving only half his salary from the time the charges were filed against him, the lawyer added.
The prosecutor has sought restitution of HK$58,100 back to the Hong Kong government, which was the sum of unauthorized loans accepted by Yau from four police constables between May and August 2013.
Three of the constables from whom the loans were taken were under Yau’s immediate supervision.
Stationed at Central Police Station, Yau is said to have committed fraud and solicited unauthorized loans involving a total of around HK$170,000 from seven police constables between November 2012 and March 2014.
Following his guilty plea, Yau has been remanded in custody. A sentencing hearing will begin on Sept. 7.
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