Date
18 January 2017
Investigators say a 51-year-old clerk in a law practice used part of the money she stole from her employer for down payment on a flat in The Avenue on behalf of a young barrister. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg
Investigators say a 51-year-old clerk in a law practice used part of the money she stole from her employer for down payment on a flat in The Avenue on behalf of a young barrister. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg

Clerk held for stealing HK$1.5 mln to please young barrister

A female clerk stole more than HK$1.5 million (US$193,495) from a law firm by forging signatures on 30 checks to please a young barrister. 

The 51-year-old employee, surnamed Lam, was arrested in November two months after being fired by a law firm for embezzlement, Sing Tao Daily reports.

Lam had worked for Lo, Wong & Tsui, Solicitors & Notaries for 21 years.

She was sacked in September after her employer said she had been misappropriating money since the start of the year.

Investigators said Lam faked signatures on 30 checks and spent part of the money on trips to Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Europe with an unnamed young barrister.

Lam also paid for the man’s credit card bills, clothes and an expensive stay at a six-star hotel in Europe when he traveled alone.

Some of the checks were made in the company’s name and paid directly to the barrister’s landlords for home and office rent, investigators said.

Also, Lam used HK$250,000 of the embezzled money for down payment on a flat the man bought in The Avenue residential estate in Wan Chai.

The man agreed to return the money after the company threatened him with a lawsuit but insisted he had no knowledge about the embezzlement, sources said.

Lam told police the barrister knew nothing about her activities but refused to say whether they are in a relationship.

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