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Public housing applicant gets suspended sentence for false declaration

05 March 2024

 

The Choi Hung Estate is one of the most photographed public rental housing 

A local resident was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment, suspended for a year, after being found to have made a false declaration in his application for public  rental housing.

According to the Housing Department, the applicant stated in his application that he was married when he was in fact already in the process of obtaining a divorce.

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He was prosecuted for knowingly making a false statement in his application, contrary to Section 26(1)(c) of the Housing Ordinance, to which he pleaded not guilty. A two-day trial at Kwun Tong Magistracy led to his conviction.

In sentencing, the magistrate considered the gravity of the offence and a report on the suitability of imposing an order for community service, and decided on a suspended sentence.

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The HD said in a statement that is spares no effort in combatting false declarations made in applications for public rental housing, which are offered to low-income earners at very affordable rates.

Anyone convicted of making such false declarations are liable to prosecution and upon conviction, to a maximum sentence of six months’ imprisonment and $50,000 fine.

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