Former Tai Po district councillor Wong Chau-pak, 61, was sentenced to 240 hours of community service for theft of HK$1,840 on Tuesday.

Yau Lai-kuen, 55, chairlady of China Federation of National Dance Association (CFNDA), and Samketer Yeung Sau-fong, 54, secretary of CFNDA, were also sentenced to 120 hours of community service each.

Wong Chau-pak.

The three were found guilty of taking HK$1,840 out of the HK$11,700 subsidy given by the District Council to hold a performance show at Fu Heng Neighbourhood Community Centre on September 29, 2013.

Wong suggested to Yau and Yeung in a meeting that they should reduce the expenses of the show but falsely report the amount used to keep the rest of the subsidies for future uses.

Wong asked that the meeting to be kept confidential because the action might be illegal. The Judge said that the case was serious because Wong knew he was was committing a crime.

The incriminating evidence of the meeting was filmed by CFNDA’s Treasurer and handed over to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The three were arrested after an ICAC investigation, and pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this month.

Hermina Wong

Hermina is a Hong Kong writer and journalist. She graduated with a degree in politics from Cambridge, and is interested in international affairs, particularly those related to China, the EU and the Middle East. She also enjoys political satire.