Hong Kong Customs successfully prosecutes private education centre for wrongly accepting payment in the course of business

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      Hong Kong Customs has successfully prosecuted a private education centre for wrongly accepting payment in the course of business under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO). The defendant was fined $48,000 and ordered to pay $21,994 compensation to the victims today (September 7) at Tuen Mun Magistrates' Courts.

     Customs earlier received information alleging that the private education centre was unable to provide relevant courses after accepting payments and failed to return the payments to its centre members. After investigation, the centre was suspected of wrongly accepting payment in the course of business. A prosecution was subsequently made.

     Customs reminds traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO.

Under the TDO, a trader commits an offence if at the time of acceptance of payment the trader intends not to supply the product or intends to supply a materially different product, or there are no reasonable grounds for believing that the trader will be able to supply the product within a specified or reasonable period. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

     â€‹Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Published on: 2017-09-07

Limited copyright is granted for you to use and/or republish any story on this site for any legitimate media purpose as long as you reference 7thSpace and any source mentioned in the story above. Please make sure to read our disclaimer prior to contacting 7thSpace Interactive. To contact our editors, visit our online helpdesk. If you wish submit your own press release, click here.


Custom Search


© 2018 7thSpace Interactive
All Rights Reserved - About | Disclaimer | Helpdesk