Three former insurance agents from Pacific Century Insurance Company were convicted yesterday of deceiving the firm in obtaining their agency contracts. Liu Chung-hin, 41, Cyrus Ip Zhu-ting, 44, and Hou Fu-yiu, 37, were found guilty by Deputy Judge Henry Mierczak in the District Court on three charges of obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception. Liu was also convicted of one count of seeking to pervert the course of justice. Liu, Ip and Hou - along with six others - had also been charged with conspiracy to defraud. All nine were acquitted on the conspiracy charges yesterday. The other six defendants were James Tse Pak-hon, 35; Lee Chang-fung, 40; Wong Woon-fong, 36; together with Lo Kin-yip, 39, the personal assistant to Tse; Tsang Kwok-leong, 38; and Sum Kam-fai, 40. The court heard earlier that Liu, Ip and Hou obtained their agency contracts with Pacific Century - in December 2004, and April and September 2005, respectively - by using false employment and salary records. Their offences stemmed from an alleged HK$3.8 million policy scam involving all nine defendants, the court was told. The prosecution alleged that the nine defendants had taken out a total of 268 insurance policies with Pacific Century, generating HK$4.11 million in premiums in return for HK$3.8 million in commission payments. The alleged scheme involved using false personal details for the policies. The prosecution alleged some of the named policyholders had never applied for the insurance policies and had no knowledge of them. The case came to light in October 2005 when management noted the business volume generated by four agents was unusually high. The court will hear statements of mitigation before sentencing today.