MDA assistant director charged with corruption and forgery
An assistant director at the Media Development Authority (MDA) was charged in court on Friday morning with allegedly corruptly obtaining loans and forging documents.
Lai Wai Khuen, 37, is accused of corruptly obtaining gratification in the form of loans 27 times and corruptly attempting to obtain a loan as an inducement to facilitate the approval and disbursement of grants. He is also accused of forging documents on three occasions.
As an assistant director at the MDA, Lai's responsibilities included overseeing the evaluation of MDA grant applications. He was also responsible for the disbursement of the grants, which were usually given out in instalments.
Investigations by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau revealed that from 2010 to 2013, Lai allegedly obtained loans amounting to $23,565 from 12 grant applicants on 27 occasions, and on another occasion attempted to obtain a loan of $3,000 without success.