A restaurateur was sentenced to jail time yesterday for failing to pay his employees' wages after a magistrate overturned an earlier suspended sentence. Chan Wing-fai, a director of Chinese restaurant firm Wealth Rainbow Enterprises, based in Mei Foo Sun Chuen, was sentenced to one months' jail by magistrate Douglas Yau Tak-hong at Kowloon City Court. He was released on $20,000 cash bail, pending an appeal. In February, Chan became the first company director to receive a jail sentence for wage offences when the Kowloon City Court handed down a one-month term. However, it was suspended for two years. Mr Yau yesterday overruled the two-year suspension, after the Labour Department applied for a review of the sentence, describing it as lenient. 'The [new] sentence serves to deter potential offenders from defaulting on wage payments wilfully,' Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said. 'It also sends a strong message that company directors have a personal responsibility to ensure that wages are paid to employees in accordance with the Employment Ordinance.' Chan was convicted on six counts of having failed to pay $36,504 in salaries to three former employees. He failed to pay employee Lam Chi-keung wages totalling $19,250 between November last year and the middle of last month. Chan was also found guilty of not paying employees Kwok Wing-sun and Ng Siu-ming wages from March to April this year of $8,000 and $9,254 respectively. The restaurateur had opened and closed three restaurants under different names at the same location in Mei Foo between August 2003 and April last year. They were called To Yuen, Sheung Hei and Sun Hai. Separately, an interior design company boss, Leung Wai-chung, was fined $27,800 for failing to pay two employees' wages on time. In another wages case, the Institute of Business Administration was fined $10,000 for a similar offence.