A woman blinded by greed and anger after a prolonged family dispute was jailed for two years and eight months on Friday for carrying out a HK$10 million fraud. Judge Amanda Woodcock told May Tsang-yau, 62, and her co-defendant Sunny Wong Yat-man, also 62, that: “The case stemmed from, firstly, greed. Secondly, a sense of grievance fostered by years of civil ligation.” The dispute centred on the estate of the late Dr Tsang Kwong-lik, Tsang-yau’s stepbrother, which included his company, Maryo Development. The Court of Final Appeal ruled in 2009 after a protracted civil dispute that the company should be awarded to his natural mother, Leung Lai-fong, not stepmother Ho Sin-ying, Tsang-yau’s mother. The case stemmed from, firstly, greed. Secondly, a sense of grievance fostered by years of civil ligation Judge Amanda Woodcock On Leung’s death, control passed to the doctor’s natural sister, Chan Yui-ling. But Maryo, which was run by Tsang-yau, was not handed to Chan despite the top court’s ruling. Instead, Tsang-yau teamed up with Wong, selling his company, Bright Jade, 200 pieces of jade for HK$10.13 million when they worth HK$1 million at most. The payments appeared to be “legitimate transactions”, Woodcock said. But the judge said the transaction was illegal. Tsang-yau had kept the jade she bought in her home without selling them or storing them safely. “[She] knew they were worth much less,” she said. Tsang-yau was convicted of one court of conspiracy to defraud. Wong was convicted of the same charge and another of dealing with proceeds believed to be from an indictable offence. An expert called by the prosecution testified earlier that the jade was worth between HK$500,000 and HK$1 million. Woodcock said Wong also knew the jade was of little value and that he had tried to distance himself from Maryo when interviewed by police. In mitigation, Cheng Huan, SC, asked the judge to take into consideration the background of the civil law suit. He also said Chan, the natural sister, had since taken HK$7 million from the bank account that Wong used to deposit the HK$10 million proceeds. Woodcock began with a sentence for both of four years in jailed before reducing it after considering the mitigation. She acquitted a third defendant, Tsang Kwong-kan, after finding that he had played a more passive role than alleged.