Date
24 May 2017
Sik Chi Ding (left) charged underwear and cosmetics purchases to maintenance expenses, says solicitor May Jean Reimer (right). Photos: Apple Daily, Ming Pao Daily, RTHK
Sik Chi Ding (left) charged underwear and cosmetics purchases to maintenance expenses, says solicitor May Jean Reimer (right). Photos: Apple Daily, Ming Pao Daily, RTHK

Solicitor: Nun charged underwear, cosmetics to maintenance bill

A monastery abbess spent HK$11,000 (US$1,419) on bras and another HK$16,000 on skincare products and charged them to maintenance expenses.

The purchases were billed under a HK$896,000 expenditure for repairs and maintenance in the 2014 financial statement of Ting Wai Monastery, Sky Post reports, citing solicitor Mary Jean Reimer, who serves on the board of the Tai Po nunnery. 

Reimer revealed more details about alleged financial misconduct by Sik Chi Ding during her time as chief nun.

In October, Reimer dropped a bombshell when she accused Chi Ding of stealing money and pocketing donations to support a lavish lifestyle.

Chi Ding, 47, was also accused of marrying two mainland monks in a residency scam.

She is out on bail after being arrested by immigration authorities.   

Reimer produced receipts for HK$7,000 in skincare purchases from Shiseido and another HK$9,072 in cosmetics from Joyce Beauty.

“The expenses had nothing to do with maintenance,” Reimer told a press conference on Tuesday.

“It is not clear whether this [maintenance] was for her body or the temple,” she said.

Reimer also showed a HK$11,340 receipt for bras and assorted underwear from lingerie shop Bonluxe.

Chi Ding spent HK$1.3 million on “religious festivals” under which she charged more than HK$120,000 in pocket money to other monks and and volunteers, Reimer said.

Also, Reimer questioned whether Chi Ding funneled cash to pay for her insurance and salary to Sik Chi-wai, former abbot of Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island.

Andrew K. C. Lai & Co, auditor for the monastery, did not return calls by Ming Pao Daily seeking comment about the billing.

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