A British tax consultant was today found guilty of possessing bogus documents and using them to mislead others – including a court which granted her permission to leave Hong Kong. District Court judge Eddie Yip Chor-man said not only had Deborah Annells misled a magistrate when she presented a memorandum of understanding with an inflated price through her lawyers to Eastern Court on April 11 last year, she also deceived her barrister, Kevin Egan, and instructing solicitor Christopher Morley in doing so. READ MORE: British tax consultant on fraud charge ‘used bogus document at Hong Kong court to get permission to travel to London’ Annells, 56, was appearing for a bail application at the time, during which she asked the magistrate to vary a bail condition, barring her from leaving Hong Kong. She wanted to visit her family in the UK for a week over Easter. “The magistrate was no doubt led to misjudge the good prospect of her coming back to Hong Kong,” said Yip, noting that Annells inflated the price in the memorandum from HK$1 million to US$1 million to show the magistrate that her chances of absconding were low. She was today found guilty of one count of committing an act intended to pervert the course of justice, one of attempted fraud and one of possessing a false instrument. The defendant, who has been remanded since last year, shook her head as Yip handed down the verdict. The magistrate was no doubt led to misjudge the good prospect of her coming back to Hong Kong Judge Eddie Yip Yip found that the allegations against her were sustained, in that she used the false memorandum when she attempted to rent the fifth floor of Sea Bird House in Central from landlord Winchell Wong Hung-wai. When police raided her office, they found similar false documents there. Conducting her own defence earlier, Annells told the court that she created the false documents for herself. She claimed she mistakenly gave the lawyers the wrong copies due to pressure and was not aware that they had produced them in court. “It was a phantom,” Yip commented on the documents, noting that Annells could have used a pencil to make markings if she was really keen to ponder on them. Equally implausible, Yip added, was that there was no need for Annells to inflate the price. “The irresistible inference is that she altered wording and put in [a purported false initial],” Yip concluded. He sought background reports on Annells and adjourned the case to November 24 for mitigation. Outside court, the police officer in charge of the case told the South China Morning Post that the bail-varying application raised their suspicions when they found out from the false document that someone would pay US$1 million for Annells’ tax business. They said they therefore started an investigation right away, which later led to her prosecution.