A company manager being chased by debt collectors used four identities and presented bogus education records to obtain 11 jobs and steal millions of dollars in seven years. Lam Chun-fai, 33, began his trail of deception, reminiscent of the one portrayed in the movie Catch Me If You Can, after he was arrested and put on police bail for stealing company money. In the District Court yesterday, Lam - who also posed as Cheung Chi-wai, Shen Jiacang and Tsang Kwok-keung - pleaded guilty to 27 charges, including theft and obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception. The court heard he stole HK$1.5 million and US$278,724 in cash and HK$1.6 million worth of goods from employers between June 2001 and June this year. He also admitted a further charge of having custody or control of 30 fake HK$1,000 banknotes and 479 fake 100 yuan banknotes. Lam used various identities to get jobs through Labour Department and employment websites. The jobs included marketing manager, accounting clerk and psychologist. In interviews, he used a photocopy of a bachelor of business administration from Cambridge University, a forged HKCEE certificate and a false graduate certificate from Kiangsu-Chekiang College (Sha Tin). Public prosecutor Franco Kuan told the court yesterday Lam was first arrested in September 2001 in relation to HK$135,386, stolen when Lam was marketing manager of P & N International and responsible for managing the accounts of its sister company, Brilliant Beauty. Immigration records showed he had left Hong Kong for the mainland on February 18, 2002. Before leaving, however, he had secured jobs with two other companies. '[He] managed to obtain positions of trust in both companies, in which he committed further offences by forging signatures on cheques and then instructing the bank to transfer company funds into his own account,' Mr Kuan said. It was later found that Lam had re-entered Hong Kong and used three different identities, using at least three forged identity cards, Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination certificates, three graduation certificates and reference letters to obtain accounting positions in eight other companies. Lam's lawyer told the court Lam was a Form Five graduate from Kiangsu-Chekiang College (Sha Tin) and held a BBA from another university, which he did not disclose. The court heard Lam's dishonesty began when a business acquaintance, identified only as Mr Law, tricked him into a debt of HK$1 million and Lam was harassed by debt collectors. Then another man, named as Mr Hing-ping, telephoned him and advised him to steal money from the company he worked for. Mr Hing-ping had provided him with the false documents and counterfeit notes he had once used to replace the genuine banknotes he stole from a company's safe between December 2007 and February. Deputy Judge Abu Bakar bin Wahab adjourned the case to December 19 to consider the sentence.