A former City University lecturer who deceived his employers over millions of dollars in part-time earnings, was yesterday fined $400,000 and branded a greedy 'factory manager' who mass-produced students. Ho Tim, 53, allowed his evening work to get out of control, Judge Fergal Sweeney said, adding it was 'a shame that greediness has driven Ho to crime'. Ho was found guilty on Wednesday of eight counts of evasion of liability by deception after he misled City University about his outside earnings, a large part of which he was required to surrender. He had denied the charges. 'The defendant only has himself to blame,' Judge Sweeney said. 'He was no longer a scholar but acting like a factory manager producing hundreds of children learning the same thing off by heart to pass public exams. 'It's a shame that such scholarship has been lost to greed.' Ho's income from part-time jobs between March 1993 and July 1996 was $3.2 million of which he failed to surrender more than $1 million to the university as required by his contract. Judge Sweeney said he had taken into account that Ho had since paid $1 million to the university and that his academic career might be over because of the case, and said he felt a fine would be sufficient. '[Ho's] ability to continue such work is severely curtailed, at least in a formal academic setting,' the judge said. Outside the District Court, however, Ho said he hoped to continue working in education.