David Lloyd Gomez, 27, was sentenced to 2 months’ jail on Monday (Nov 29) for one depend of unauthorised entry to laptop materials.
The court docket heard that Gomez labored as an administrative clerk at an organization, underneath the supervision of the sufferer, a 31-year-old gross sales supervisor.
He registered for a Grab account in February 2019 however didn’t have a card saved to his account initially. He made funds in money as he didn’t have a credit card.
On Jun 28, 2019, his firm organized a farewell occasion for a colleague. Gomez’s supervisor handed her credit card particulars to him so he might make cost for the GrabFood supply for the occasion.
Gomez topped up S$150 in GrabPay credit on his account, with the sufferer’s consent. However, he finally cancelled the order because it took too lengthy to reach.
He returned his supervisor the S$150, however retained her credit card particulars.
A number of days after the farewell get together, Gomez determined to e-book a Grab trip and seen that his supervisor’s particulars had been nonetheless saved on his account. He used her credit card to e-book the trip, regardless of figuring out he was unauthorised to take action.
The sufferer was unaware of this, and Gomez continued to make use of her credit card to make funds for Grab rides and food deliveries.
Between Jul 2 and Aug 24 in 2019, Gomez made 182 transactions on his Grab account using the sufferer’s credit card, totalling S$3,342.
He would take Grab rides to numerous locations together with to his girlfriend’s house, in addition to for rides from his house to his office. On every event, he had the choice of adjusting his cost technique, however he didn’t accomplish that.
On Aug 24, 2019, the sufferer checked her financial institution statements and found the unauthorised transactions. She referred to as her financial institution and cancelled the cardboard that very same day, earlier than lodging a police report.
Gomez has made full restitution to the sufferer.
The prosecutor requested for a minimum of two months’ jail, saying that Gomez was “motivated by greed” and was persistent in his offending. He stopped solely as a result of a police report was lodged, and the whole quantity concerned is “not a small sum”, mentioned the prosecutor.
Lawyer Peter Fernando agreed on the jail time period requested for, however highlighted that his consumer made full restitution to the sufferer even earlier than he was charged in court docket.
He mentioned Gomez had an excellent relationship with the sufferer, who was his mentor, and he “never wanted to jeopardise his working relationship with her or to disappoint her”.
He has no prior convictions and makes “a solemn promise … that he will never reoffend”, mentioned the lawyer.
He requested for a deferment of 1 week as Gomez, who’s switching from part-time research to full-time, is ready to log out on a revised enrolment contract from his college.
The choose granted his utility and ordered the jail time period to start on Dec 6.
For unauthorised entry to laptop materials, Gomez might have been jailed as much as two years, fined as much as S$5,000, or each.