A assistant professor was found guilty yesterday of conspiring to defraud City University over a HK$958,518 information technology contract. The District Court was told that Vivienne Wee conspired with her brother and sister-in-law to conceal from the university that Wee had interest in an IT service provider. Wee, 59, and her brother Gregory Wee, 45, pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud. Wee's sister-in-law, Ng Ngar-sheung, 38, pleaded not guilty to two conspiracy charges. Ng's friend, Pau Hang-chuen, 35, denied one count of conspiracy to defraud and four counts of money laundering. All four were found guilty on all charges. Prosecutor Jonathan Man Tak-ho earlier told the court the scam started in 2006 when Britain's Department for International Development offered GBP3.75 million (HK$50 million at that time) to the university's Southeast Asian Research Centre for a research project. Wee, as associate director of the centre and project leader, was required to set up an intranet and a website. In October 2006, Wee hired Locus, a company in which Ng was director and majority shareholder, to provide technical services. But the university rejected Locus after discovering the conflict of interest. In May 2007, Ng asked Pau to bid for the project on Locus' behalf. He agreed, with Wee to collect 1 per cent of the contract fee. Judge Esther Toh Lye-ping said evidence showed the four did enter into an agreement and falsely claimed they had no conflict of interest. Sentencing was set for March 25.