A Vietnamese boat person was tricked by a Green Island reception centre official into handing over US$4,000 (HK$31,000) after being told the payment would guarantee him refugee status, a court heard yesterday. Correctional Services Department assistant officer Ip Chung-yin, 39, approached Lu Nhu Lien in May 1990, Western Court heard. Ip was stationed at Green Island where Mr Lien was detained after arriving illegally in March 1990. Ip pleaded guilty yesterday to soliciting an advantage and to obtaining property by deception. Magistrate Peter White adjourned sentencing until August 26.