A meat supplier who stole a pig a day from his firm for two years and duped it out of more than HK$3 million was jailed for three years yesterday. As well as stealing the pigs and other products and selling them, Lai Yiu-wa, 45, falsely claimed to have hired a staff member and pocketed the wages, totalling more than HK$280,000, the District Court heard. He also took more than HK$1 million from payments by his company to a transport firm. Lai pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one of fraud spanning the years from November 2003 to June 2007, while another fraud charge was left on court files. Prosecutor Samantha Chiu said Lai was one of the directors of Forever Profits Development, which provided pork and beef to butcher stalls, and had been in charge of supplying meat to Wellcome supermarkets from November 2002. Lai was the only person responsible for buying livestock, arranging the delivery of livestock to slaughterhouses and to the company's workshop for processing, as well as the subsequent delivery to butcher stalls in the supermarkets. He was also in charge of hiring staff and contacting merchandisers. The deception came to light in April 2007 when the company's accountant discovered huge discrepancies between the total turnover and the profits made. Discrepancies were also found between the number of live pigs purchased and the slaughtered pigs sent to the workshop, as well as the quantity of pork received by the butchers. Subsequently, Lai admitted to colleagues that, since March 2005, he had stolen one pig each day for about two years, which he subsequently sold to other buyers, making HK$40,000 to $50,000 a month. He had also made HK$600,000 to HK$700,000 from 2003 to 2007 by selling pig entrails, and had pocketed HK$3,000 out of HK$10,000 paid monthly to his company for the sale of lard. He also stole and sold pig heads. Deputy Judge David Dufton said Lai had stolen systematically from the company for several years. It was a great breach of trust, from which Lai had made millions of dollars.