A young telecommunications salesman admitted conspiring with others to submit bogus subscription orders by using false client information and cheating four telecoms companies out of sales commission totalling HK$29,718 over 16 months. Defence barrister Tse Hon-yuen told the District Court yesterday that his client, Mark Fong Siu-lun, had committed the offences because he wanted to meet monthly sales quotas amid keen competition. The court heard that Fong, who had worked as a salesman for the four companies since late 2006, purchased fictitious customer information for between HK$200 and HK$350 per set of information from alleged fellow offenders. Police said seven other people charged in relation to the case would face a pre-trial review on December 11. The four companies involved were: Pacific Century Cyberworks, Hong Kong Broadband Network, Hutchison Global Communication and TVB Pay Vision. Moreover, Fong and two other people generated false Hong Kong identity card numbers by using a formula found on the internet and matched those with fictitious names and addresses to use as false personal particulars for the bogus sales orders. Prosecutor Michael Wong said that a unit in a factory building at Tai Kok Tsui was rented as an office, which they used to fill out bogus subscription orders. Rental expenses were shared by Fong and the two other people. The trio had also purchased pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards and used those phone numbers in the applications. They would also take turns to answer verification calls from the telecoms companies by posing as subscribers. To facilitate the installation of telecoms services at various premises, the trio or their associates would use premises belonging to the associates or vacant premises. They were present during installations. Fong, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud. Another count of possession of an identity card relating to another person was left on court files. Wong said that the commissions generated during the scam totalled HK$150,000. Fong and two others had altogether submitted 353 bogus subscription orders, of which 85 had been made by Fong. The court heard that the trio were arrested inside their rented unit in Tai Kok Tsui on April 21 last year. Also seized at the time were bogus customer orders, mobile phone pre-paid SIM cards and 67 credit cards. Judge Kevin Browne adjourned sentencing until tomorrow.