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Agency staff arrested for making false claim to employer

01 December 2020

By The SUN 

The agency staff charged the employer again after the initial FDH-applicant backed out (File photo)


A staff of an employment agency was reportedly arrested earlier today, Dec. 1 for allegedly giving false information to a customer who was looking to hire a foreign domestic worker.

The agency reportedly offered to provide the would-be employer with a replacement helper without extra charge should the original choice withdraws the job application due to personal reasons.

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However, after the helper selected earlier by the customer decided to back out, the agency staff asked for additional charges from the employer for arranging a replacement, contrary to its claim.

After initial investigation, Customs officers arrested the 38-year-old female agency staff on suspicion of applying false trade description to the services supplied by her company, in violation of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance.

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After an initial investigation, the suspect was released on bail pending further investigation. 

In a press statement announcing the arrest, Customs reminded traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO, and consumers to procure services at reputable shops.

Under the TDO, any trader who applies a false trade description to a service supplied to a consumer commits an offense. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

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Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to Customs’ 24-hour hotline, 2545 6182, or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

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