A jobless man who tricked the son of former ATV owner Deacon Chiu Te-ken out of HK$180,000 by posing as a chief assistant of the mainland government's liaison office has been jailed for a year. Wong Kwan-choi, 66, from Guangdong, was sentenced in Eastern Court yesterday after pleading guilty to obtaining property by deception. In 2007, he tricked David Chiu, the son of former Far East Bank chairman Deacon Chiu, out of HK$183,600 by telling him he could obtain a driving licence that would allow him to drive to and from the mainland. Wong has 13 previous convictions, all related to dishonesty. In sentencing, Magistrate Henry Mierczak took account of this, plus the fact that Wong could not return the money and the seriousness of the case. Wong took the money because he was erecting a building on the mainland. He had used his savings and owed HK$180,000, his lawyer said. He did not know David Chiu but found his name in a phone book. Wong had worked for six years in Hong Kong and previously ran a shop on the mainland. He said he felt remorse for what he had done and pleaded with the magistrate to give him a chance. Wong, posing as Wang Rudeng, chief assistant of the mainland government's liaison office, called David Chiu on December 3, 2007. He spoke to him about a membership nomination to the national committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and a 'privileged China-Hong Kong vehicle driving licence'. Such a licence would allow David Chiu to drive between Hong Kong and the mainland, he said. Later that day, David Chiu and his driver met Wong outside the liaison office in Connaught Road West. He gave Wong the HK$183,600 as a handling fee for the licence. Wong then fled to the mainland. He was arrested on the mainland and handed to Hong Kong police.