The former director of a bank that allegedly fell victim to a fraudulent $515 million Mai Po land deal denies overstating the role in the deal of a former Miss Asia accused of being one of the masterminds behind it. Ex-beauty queen Elsie Chan Yik-zee, 34, Leung Hiu-ling, 42, Wong Shiu-wai, 53, and Mickey Wong Hing-hang, 39, have denied conspiracy to defraud in relation to a deal that took place between May 1, 1991, and June 27, 1993. The court has heard the alleged main victim of the deal, the Agricultural Bank of China, was induced into buying 20 plots of land on the edge of the Mai Po nature reserve where it planned to develop a golf course or luxury villas. However, planning approval was not granted and the bank has been left with disused fish ponds. Yesterday, Li Rui-chang, vice-president of the Foshan branch of the Agricultural Bank of China, denied suggestions from Ms Chan's defence counsel, Kevin Egan, that he was exaggerating Ms Chan's involvement to strengthen the case because his bank had launched civil proceedings against her and her former boyfriend, missing ex-Macau legislator Chan Kai-kit. The court also heard from Deng Hong, director of a mainland firm that invested up to $40 million in the project. Mr Hong said he felt confident of Chan Kai-kit's proposal because Mr Chan told him he had a contact in the Lands Department who could change the zoning of the agricultural land to allow the project to go ahead. But Mr Hong said Mr Chan did not tell him of his involvement with Asiagreat Ltd, the firm owned by Elsie Chan, which is said to have acted as a middleman. The Court of First Instance trial continues today before Mr Justice Colin Jackson.