A CLERK was sentenced to two years' jail in the District Court yesterday for stealing more than $1.8 million worth of share certificates from his employer. Wan Che-wing, 32, pleaded guilty to five counts of theft between August 1992 and April this year. Deputy Judge O'Donnell said Wan had committed the offence when he was in a position of trust and he had no chance of making any restitution. In mitigation, Wan, who was not legally represented, asked the court for leniency, saying he was married with a young daughter. Crown counsel Anna Lai said Wan had been employed as a settlement clerk by the stock brokers Okachi Investments (HK) Ltd and had last reported for work on May 7. The court heard that Wan telephoned his immediate superior, Cheng Tai-foon, three days later, telling him he had stolen certain certificates and that he intended to go to the police. It was later found that a total of 705,713 share certificates of five companies, including China Travel Service and the Ka Wah Bank, had been stolen by Wan. All the shares were sold on Wan's behalf between March 22 and April 22 by a settlement clerk of another company. The court was told Wan went to the police on May 11. It was a condition of Wan's employment with Okachi Investments that he would not engage in the trading of securities. However, Wan engaged in margin speculation and lost. He stole the share certificates and sold them to obtain cash in an attempt to trade out of debt.