She was asked to be nominee director of firms she thought were part of Akai James Ting's personal secretary was just doing what she was asked when she became nominee director of a large number of companies she thought were part of the Akai group, a jury heard yesterday. 'If I was asked to be a nominee director, I just did it,' Filomina Lee told liquidators of the bankrupt company during a tape-recorded interview last year, with prosecutors in the trial of the Akai boss quoting from the transcript in court yesterday. Ting is on trial at the High Court for allegedly fabricating a $300 million investment in 1999 to inflate assets at the troubled consumer electronics firm, which was then known as Semi-Tech (Global). He has denied two charges of false accounting. Prosecutors said Ting tried to trick creditors into believing all was well at the firm, which plunged into the red and was ordered to be wound up in August 2000. He allegedly made fake entries into the audited accounts of Semi-Tech to show the company had a 50 per cent stake in associate firm MicroMain Stystems. The investment had purportedly been made in December 1998 for $300 million. However, it is the prosecution's case that three cheques of $100 million each issued for the shares were in fact paid to three British Virgin Island companies. The authorised signatory for the companies was Ms Lee. She then allegedly signed three cheques on behalf of these companies for $100 million each, to be paid back to Semi-Tech. During an interview with liquidators in April last year, Ms Lee said she did not think it was unusual to be asked to sign bank documents and cheques on behalf of companies of which she was made a nominee director. 'This happened quite a few times throughout the years. I never thought there was anything wrong with that,' she is quoted as saying in the transcript. 'I was just told: 'Sign this. We need this.'' Although she did not prepare the cheques herself, 'since the beginning, I have been signing cheques, so I thought it was normal', she told the liquidators. When asked if Ting had asked her to be a nominee director, she said it could have been him or one of the other directors. She assumed it was for companies in the Akai group. The case, before Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson, continues.