Company director Albert Chan defrauded the Canadian Government by inflating his role with the toy giant Playmates Holdings in order to win citizenship, the High Court heard yesterday. A letter written to Canadian immigration officials, dated June 10, 1988, claimed Playmates Holdings was owned by Mr Chan. It was started by his father, Chan Tai-ho. 'Mr Chan's company in Hong Kong employs 4,000 people,' the letter said, adding it boasted more than C$100 million (about HK$565.43 million) in sales. The letter said he was executive director and principal shareholder of Playmates Holdings when he was not. 'You are an unscrupulous liar who will never hesitate about lying if it will benefit your cause, and that you were prepared to obtain Canadian citizenship by fraud,' Mr William Stubbs QC, for the shareholders opposing Mr Chan's wind-up petition for Playmates, said. Mr Chan denied the accusation and said he was the victim of sloppy work by his Canadian lawyer, Stephen First. He said he was 'nobody to tell a lawyer what to write'. 'He wrote the letter and if Mr First chose to make certain things up, what could I do,' Mr Chan said. 'All I could do was trust him to look after my interests.' Mr Chan is petitioning the High Court to wind up the company. Mr Stubbs represents the opposing shareholders, Phanchi Holdings, Woodthorpe and the father who began Playmates, Chan Tai-ho. A brother, Thomas, controls Phanchi and Albert's sister, Chan Sim-chu, is represented through Woodthorpe. Mr Stubbs said he could not comprehend why the letter would be 'full of mistakes', including a 'gross distortion of your role in the Playmates company'. Albert Chan told Ms Justice Doreen Le Pichon that he had never seen a draft of the letter and that yesterday was the first time he had heard the full contents of the letter for his immigration bid. He said he did not know how or where Mr First got the information. 'The company was a listed company so it could never been described as mine,' Mr Chan said. 'That beats the imagination.' The letter described Mr Chan as the primary spokesman for the Canadian subsidiary and said he was the key participant in a joint venture in Man Fung. Mr Chan told the court he did the 'backstage' work, while his brother Thomas did the 'frontstage' negotiations with mainland officials. Chansam, formerly Playmates Investments, is a British Virgin Island company. It is the holding vehicle for the family's controlling shares in the listed Playmates Toys and Playmates Properties. It is the company which brought the world Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Baby Crawl-Away dolls. The case continues today.