FORMER HK MINISTER APPEALS FRAUD CONVICTION

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HONG KONG: A former Hong Kong minister has appealed against a conviction for housing allowance fraud, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Former development secretary Mak Chai-kwong, 63, was last month given an eight-month suspended prison sentence for defrauding the government out of HK$700,000 ($90,300) by “cross-leasing” flats with a colleague, Tsang King-man, when he was a civil servant in the 1980s. The pair leased apartments from each other’s wives in order to claim the government rental allowance.

AFP

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