A 'SCAPEGOAT' agreed to take the blame in court for smuggling activity in which he was not involved, a court heard yesterday. Three members of an alleged plot to arrange for the man concerned to falsely admit the crime were remanded in custody after appearing before a magistrate. Lam Kam-wai, 46, Hui Yau-fun, 43, and Wong Siu-on, 34, are accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice. The plot is alleged to concern a Customs and Excise investigation into the illegal exportation of unmanifested cargo between January 20 and March 16. Magistrate Colin Mackintosh adjourned the case until tomorrow. A man not involved in the smuggling is said to have admitted guilt in court in return for about $540,000. Ten people, including the three who appeared in court, were arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption in an operation codenamed 'Missile' in relation to the alleged conspiracy. The alleged scapegoat is said to have claimed ownership of five containers of smuggled projection television sets and to have pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Customs and Excise Department. An ICAC corruption investigation led to the discovery of the 347 television sets on a vessel bound for the mainland. The goods were seized and handed to the SAR's Customs and Excise Department. The alleged scapegoat then admitted his guilt and sentencing in his case had been adjourned.