The technician who faked concrete test reports for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was ordered to serve time in jail last week by Hong Kong magistrates. 61-year-old Wong Kwok-yiu was sentenced to eight months imprisonment for his part in the scandal, which first came to light in May.
19 former employees of Jacobs China Limited, part of the US-based Jacobs Engineering Group, were involved in the investigation. The group, contracted by the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) of Hong Kong, was found to have used false instruments to produce reports on concrete cubes used for the bridge.
Wong, one of the 19 former employees, admitted having been “lazy” in court last month, after falsifying lab results in 2012 and 2015.
According to a report by Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), Acting Principal Magistrate Ivy Chiu said that the forgeries were “not acceptable, as the bridge’s structural safety could be harmed.”
Tests were reconducted by the Highways Department last month and it was reported that all test results met the required standards.
A plea hearing for the other 18 members of former staff will be held today, December 7 at the District Court.
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