Category Archives: Courts

Deborah Annells saga reveals regulatory incompetence

The Deborah Annells saga ended last week when she was sentenced to nine years jail for theft and fraud. But her case reveals shocking incompetence on the part of the government and institutional bodies that were charged with overseeing the trust industry and the conduct of professionals.

Both the Financial Secretary and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) were presented with compelling evidence of fraud and breach of trust soon after Annells’ crimes became apparent. But both bodies declined to act and failed to protect the public and allowed her to continue stealing money from her client’s trusts.  Continue reading

Annells convicted of HK$30 million theft and fraud

British tax consultant Deborah Annells was today convicted of 47 charges of theft, fraud, and possession of a false instrument, in the High Court by Mr Justice Kevin Zervos. Annells sat somberly in court as the charges were read to her over a period of 50 minutes. Her conviction involved theft from four of her clients totalling more than HK$30 million. Continue reading

Tax consultant Deborah Annells sentenced to 4 years jail

Tax consultant Deborah Annells was today sentenced in the District Court to four years jail for charges that included fraud, perverting the course of justice and possessing a false instrument. Annells sat impassively in the dock as Judge Eddie Yip Chor-man sentenced her to three and a half years for perverting the course of justice, 18 months for fraud of which six months were to be served consecutively, and twelve months for possessing a false instrument, to be served concurrently. Continue reading

Tax consultant Deborah Annells is found guilty

Tax consultant Deborah Annells has been found guilty in the District Court of charges that include fraud, and perversion of the course of justice. Annells who is well known in expatriate circles having been a previous president of Rotary and a member of the general committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong was also found guilty on a third charge of possession of a false instrument. Continue reading

Annells judge warns of ‘a difficulty’ in prosecution case

A District Court judge  has warned that the prosecution case against tax consultant Deborah Annells would “face some difficulty” in respect of one of the three charges for which she is being tried. Judge Eddie Yip Chor-man made this observation at a hearing last Friday in respect of the third charge she faces, possessing a false instrument. Continue reading