A struggling salesman jailed for using a forged reference to get a job in a bank had his sentence overturned yesterday after a judge accepted that the punishment was 'a bit out of line'. Poon Lap-fung, 28, was sentenced to four months' jail in April after he admitted using his computer to produce a letter purporting to be from a former employer. He submitted the letter, which said he had worked as a marketing executive earning $18,000 a month, during a job interview with Belgian Bank. The bank hired him as a business manager in November last year on $20,000 a month. It was later found that Poon had worked for the firm named in the reference, but only as a freelance salesman. Poon resigned from the bank in February, having earned just over $66,000. Mr Justice Peter Nguyen said Poon had admitted gaining an advantage by deception and had shown remorse about having broken the law to maintain his lifestyle when business dipped. He acknowledged that even counsel for the Government considered Poon's sentence to be 'a little bit out of line'. The Court of First Instance judge ordered Poon to pay a $30,000 fine and sentenced him to four months' jail suspended for 12 months.