A former insurance agent said yesterday his elder brother had joined him in a scam in which three blind mainlanders had made bogus insurance claims for more than HK$8 million after saying their eyes had been damaged during surgery. Syndicate leader Kwok Wah-cheong, 46, who has already admitted his role, said Kwok Yan-sang, 54, also an insurance agent, had helped him find a private doctor to speed up processing of the claims. The elder Kwok, who prosecutors say netted at least HK$160,000, has pleaded not guilty to three charges of conspiracy to defraud. Kwok Wah-cheong is awaiting sentence on charges to which he pleaded guilty early this year. He told the District Court yesterday he was approached in Shenzhen by three mainlanders who were already blinded in their right eyes about making bogus insurance claims from insurers based in Hong Kong. Kwok Wah-cheong said he started the scam in 2004 when he met the first man, Ah Loi. 'I bought identity cards from pickpockets in Shenzhen and gave Ah Loi one of the cards and then he was given a new identity as Hung Siu-fung,' he said. 'I helped him to use that identity card to take out five insurance policies from insurers in Hong Kong.' Kwok Wah-cheong said Ah Loi then came to Hong Kong to undergo surgery on his right eye. The brothers obtained HK$4.21 million compensation over Ah Loi's eye injury from five insurers, he said. Prosecutor Wong Hei-yiu said the scam involved 19 bogus insurance policies with more than 10 insurers and losses of about HK$8.55 million. From December 2004 to June 2006, Kwok made similar arrangements for two more blind mainlanders, which involved two bogus traffic accidents being staged on the mainland, he said. For the second mainlander, three insurance companies released a total of HK$4.34 million compensation. No payments were made for the third mainlander because the insurers were alerted when the brothers were arrested on June 15 last year. Kwok Wah-cheong said Kwok Yan-sang was also involved in making the bogus claims. 'It took about six to eight weeks for the government hospital to issue a medical report. In order to speed up the procedure, I asked him to introduce me to a private doctor to prepare a medical report for the claim,' he said. The hearing continues today before Deputy Judge Yau Chi-lap.