A beautician with a history of theft admitted tricking retailers and people selling goods online into giving her iPhones, Hermes bags and diamonds worth more than HK$1 million by using cheques that bounced. Tiffany Wong Wing-yan, 30, pleaded guilty at District Court yesterday to eight counts of obtaining property by deception from March 2008 to March last year. Wong tricked sellers into giving her nine iPhones, five Hermes handbags, a diamond ring and two diamonds, worth a total of HK$1.35 million, senior public prosecutor Winsome Chan Suk-wai said. Each time, Wong enquired about a product being sold on the Yahoo auction site or by a retail company. When she met the seller, she told them that she had already deposited the payment into their bank account. Once the seller saw that payment had been received, they gave the products to Wong. They only realised later that the cheque had bounced. Wong used fake surnames or the pseudonym 'Ar Yan' when contacting the sellers, Chan said. In two instances, she used cheques for an account in her father's name that had insufficient funds. Her father said he had lost the chequebook in 2007. She also used cheques for accounts in her own name in which she either had no money or insufficient funds. Wong has seven previous convictions, including of theft and dishonesty-related offences, Chan said. Her barrister, Jonathan Acton-Bond, said: 'Although greed is a powerful factor, there seems to be an element of compulsive behaviour in committing this type of offence again and again.' He suggested a psychological report be ordered to determine what motivated his client. Judge Rickie Chan Kam-cheong said that given Wong's background, she was likely to face a substantial jail term. She has paid HK$168,800 in restitution but is unable to pay any more. Police recovered the two diamonds from a pawn shop, where they discovered Wong had pawned them using her own ID card.