Former Hong Kong minister given suspended jail term for fraud
HONG KONG (AFP) - A former Hong Kong minister was on Thursday given an eight-month suspended prison sentence for fraud over his housing allowance, in a case which puts the city's clean image under scrutiny.
Former development secretary Mak Chai-kwong, 63, had been found guilty in June of defrauding the government out of HK$700,000 (S$114,380) 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.
Tsang was given the same sentence.