Former Hong Kong minister appeals fraud conviction
HONG KONG (AFP) - A former Hong Kong minister has appealed against a conviction for housing allowance fraud, his lawyer said on Tuesday, in a case which has put the city's clean image under scrutiny.
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 (S$114,983) 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.
Mak's lawyer David Hui Tin Fook told AFP the appeal was filed last Friday.