A Wharf Holdings manager who put his wife and sister on the payroll and got away with it for seven years until his greed got the better of him was yesterday jailed for five years and five months. Sentencing Lau Yuen-how, a junior payroll manager, District Court Judge Susana D'Almada Remedios said 'it was very distressing to see the main breadwinner of a family who worked for a reputable and reliable company for 20 odd years with perhaps a lifetime-secure job throw it all away and destroy his family through an extreme and shameless greed'. Lau embezzled more than HK$11 million, the court heard. It was told that Lau's two sons, who were in court yesterday, were educated at the University of Hong Kong. The youngest was still an undergraduate. The court heard Lau exploited a loophole in the company system to make 83 false salary payments totalling more than HK$11.56 million to himself, his family members and two other men from 2001 to 2008. The case came to light when the HK$30,000-a-month manager made an automatic payment of HK$659,540 in 2008. The amount was big enough to arouse suspicions at the relevant bank and investigations uncovered his wrongdoing. The judge said Lau had made use of his wife, his elder sister and his two sons and had brought calamity upon them. His acts were a blatant breach of trust. Lau, 50, had pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and one of attempted theft. Apart from reducing his sentence by one-third for his guilty plea, Remedios also cut a further three months from the sentence for the restitution Lau had made to his company totalling HK$1.23 million. His 48-year-old wife, Liu Cho-ching, was earlier found guilty after a trial on a charge of money laundering. She had reversed an earlier plea of not guilty and was jailed for one year and six months. Lau's 52-year-old sister, Lau Heung-kiu, was jailed for eight months on two counts of money laundering. She had earlier reversed not guilty pleas. Both had their sentences reduced after the court took into account their attempts to pay restitution. The court heard that total restitution of HK$4.13 million was made by the three defendants. That left an outstanding amount of more than HK$7 million. A bankruptcy order was also made against the three defendants.