AN unemployed man who lied about his qualifications to get a $35,000-a-month job as a general manager was yesterday sentenced to nine months' prison at South Kowloon Court. Clement Tam Po-kon, 42, appearing before magistrate Mr Fergal Sweeney, had pleaded guilty to obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception. The court heard that Tam answered an advertisement placed by the Hongkong Automobile Association (HKAA) and claimed he had a second class honours bachelor degree in business administration from the Hongkong Chinese University. He said he was general manager of the Jianlibao International Company Ltd between February 1, 1988, and December 21, 1991. Tam was interviewed on February 19, 1992, and produced documentary proof of his qualifications and employment history. He was appointed general manager starting on April 1, but was dismissed on June 29, after his employer learned Tam had obtained loans from colleagues and business associates. When interviewed by the ICAC, Tam admitted he did not have a degree and had provided false information on his qualifications and previous employment. He also admitted that he had been in prison during the alleged period of employment with Jianlibao. Mr Samuel Leung, defending, said Tam had worked hard for the HKAA.