A nurse yesterday was ordered to spend 30 months behind bars after she admitted deceiving six people out of HK$7.28 million in an investment scam. Eva Wong Wai-yin, 29, was jailed on five charges of fraud after pleading guilty last October. The District Court heard yesterday that Wong had defrauded the victims by forging monthly statements of investment accounts. She had taken some of the victims to a bogus office at Cheung Kong Centre to con them into believing that she was a stock broker making investments for them. The court was told Wong had a previous criminal conviction in 2004 and had been jailed for six months on charges including fraud and using a false instrument. It also heard she had suffered losses in the stock market between 1995 and 1997 and also lost money on the foreign exchange market. Passing sentence, Judge Bernard Whaley said Wong's offence involved careful planning. But the judge also noted she had already repaid HK$3.34 million to the victims and had shown a willingness to make full restitution. Prosecutor Leslie Parry said the offences were committed between February 2005 and October 2006. The victims included a cleaner, Wong's hairdresser and a friend, Leung Siu-kin, whom Wong had met on the internet. Wong had claimed she could help them to trade in foreign exchange by opening investment accounts. The victims were subsequently told they had made a profit on their investments and monthly statements she produced showed their so-called accounts had a significant surplus. One of the victims eventually discovered Wong had misappropriated the money in his investment account after a HK$5 million cheque she issued to him bounced.