Former Miss HK runner-up released on bail for tax evasion

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Isabella Kau Hung-ping, who finished third in the 1982 Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant, was released on HK$55,000 bail on Friday after being found guilty of tax evasion last week.

The 60-year-old, now an insurance agent, was convicted of 11 counts of willful tax evasion with intent in West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Friday last week.

The court then denied her bail request, making Kau the first-ever Miss Hong Kong to be held in a jail cell.

Kau was due to be sentenced today as she appeared in a black suit before Deputy Magistrate Tsang Hing-tung in court this morning.

Still, Tsang said he miscalculated and marked the wrong date on the calendar, and that Kau’s sentence should be handed down on Friday next week because it would take the defense two weeks to collect the substantive report. The case was adjourned to next Friday.

The defense then requested bail for Kau again and saw the request granted by Tsang for HK$55,000. Kau must report to a police station daily and live at his reported residence. She must not leave Hong Kong either.

The judge also asked Kau to meet with the probation officer before leaving court to make sure she could get her background report in time.

Kau nodded and waved his attorney the OK sign as the judge spelled out the bail conditions.

Earlier, the court heard that Kau had falsely claimed the deduction of “office assistants” expenses in the insurance company’s profit and loss accounts for the years 2009/10 to 2011/12.

She also made false statements in her tax returns for 2008/09 and 2013/14 to 2016/17 that her father lived with her continuously for five full years and claimed additional dependent parent allowance.

The total of Kau’s false claims of expenses and allowances for the eight years of assessment was HK$770,000, and the total amount of tax evaded was HK$86,849.


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