Hong Kong’s ‘king of judicial reviews’ arrested for alleged fraud in seeking government welfare

Hong Kong retired civil servant Kwok Cheuk-kin, a serial litigant known as the “king of judicial reviews” for his challenges against public policies, has been arrested on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining government subsidies and social welfare, the Post has learned.

A source familiar with the case said the force’s Kowloon East regional headquarters arrested Kwok, 85, in Cheung Chau on Thursday after thorough investigations.

He was suspected of securing government subsidies and social welfare by making false statements and providing false information to conceal his personal income and assets.

Kwok had sought for public assistance in areas such as public rental housing, old age allowance, comprehensive social security assistance and legal aid from 2013 to 2022.

He was granted bail pending further investigation on the same day, the force said.

In Hong Kong, conspiracy to defraud is punishable by up to 14 years in jail under the Theft Ordinance.