Former Director of Public Works suspected of corruption

Macau (MNA) – The Public Prosecutions Office (MP) has issued a freezing order for a group of properties valued at hundreds of millions of patacas in the name of Jaime Carion, former director of the Public Works Bureau, relatives and other associates.

The list of 40 properties became public when communicated to the Justice Department in order to prevent them from being sold. The April notification comes in the context of criminal proceedings, Macau News Agency (MNA) learned.

Yesterday, Friday, Radio Macau made public the apprehension in a case that was also being investigated by the MNA, to whom it was assured that the MP decided on the action to advance for having “valid suspicions of practice of alleged wrongdoing”.

Jaime Carion, after retiring in 2014, left Macau to an “uncertain destination” according to the Administrative Court, but sources found by the MNA say he is now residing in Portugal.

Goods seized

It is an extensive list of goods seized; not only from the former strongman of Public Works but also from his wife, Lei Wai Cheng, and daughter Célia Ana Carion. Other people are also involved in this process, with goods now frozen by MP: Kwong Wan Si and husband Man Lai Chung and Cheang Fong Cheng, as was known by MNA.

The list of properties (see list) amounts to hundreds of millions of patacas at current market prices, and were purchased between 1991 and 2016. These are apartments, parking spaces, offices and commercial and industrial units.

According to what we have learned, the Public Prosecutor’s office will want to obtain evidence from all those involved in how they managed to acquire those properties. The others not directly related to Jaime Carion are suspected of having acted as accomplices in the concealment of these goods.

List of seized assets

Apartment C17 Building Nam Fong (2005)

Apartment D17 Building Nam Fong (2005)

Apartment A1 Building Son Nam (1995)

Apartment B2 Building Son Pou (1995)

Building in Beco dos Artilheiros nº 5 (1991)

Buildings in Beco dos Artilheiros nºs 1,3,5,7,9,11 (1991)

Office in Building Wing Luen (2010)

2 Parking places in Building Nam Fong

Apartment C12 in Building Nam Fong (2014)

Commerce area in Building Pou Seng (2008)

Warehouse in Building Weng Heng (2008)

Office area in Travessa dos Lírios (2008)

Commerce area in Building Weng Heng (2012)

Industrial area in Building Nam Fong (2014)

Commerce area in Building Phoenix Garden (2010)

Apartment in Building Son Hang (2013)

Apartment in Building Kong Cheong (2013)

2 Commerce areas in Building The Pacific Garden (2014)

2 Apartments in Building The Residencia (2013 and 2014)

Land lot in Rua das Lorchas (2005)

Parking place in Building Nam Fong

4 parking places in Building 東方麗都 Av. Almirante Larcerda (2011)

4 parking places in Building The Residencia (2013)

2 parking places in Building The Meridien Court (2009)

2 Apartments in Building The Meridien Court

2 Commerce areas in Building Tong Lei (2010)

Parking place in Building Nam Fong

Building in S. Roque street, nº 50 and 52