Six middle-aged women desperate for jobs fell into a trap when they were offered positions in a shell company, the District Court heard yesterday. Company directors Ho Chi-keung, 28, and Liu Pui-shan, 24, and their employees Loo Tak-kwan, 23, Allen Kwok Wai-len, 22, Siu Kwok-ping, 31, Leung Lun-hoi, 23, and Lau Chung-yee, 21, denied a joint charge of conspiracy to defraud. The two directors also denied one count of failing to keep account books. Prosecutor Christopher Coghlan said the alleged victims were hired in July last year by Profit Style Development as bookkeepers or casual workers. They were persuaded by the company's directors and staff to place funds in a form of investment known as 'Loco-London Gold/Silver'. After handing over their cash, a total of $300,000, they were told a few weeks later that all their money was lost. But no investment had been made and the money was stolen by the defendants, Mr Coghlan said. The case before Judge Fergal Sweeney continues today.