SINGAPORE, Jan 5, 2016:

A former United Overseas Bank (UOB) compliance officer performed unauthorised searches on the bank’s computer system in 2013 to pass on customers’ details to a loan shark was jailed 12 weeks.

The Singapore Straits Times reported that Koh Chee Tong, 30, had done so because he had been pressured over an outstanding loan from an unlicensed moneylender.

According to the Singapore daily, Koh had incurred a SGD16,000 (RM48,778) gambling debt and had turned to loan sharks when he had trouble repaying the loan.

When he tried to negotiate repayment terms with a loan shark known only as “Ah King”, he was told his repayment period would be shortened and the interest payable reduced if he gave the moneylender the names, NRIC numbers and mobile phone numbers of potential debtors.

On Oct 30, 2013, Koh used his staff identification number and password to access the bank’s computer system and jotted down the names of several account holders. He committed the offences again two days later.

Some of the UOB customers later received harassing telephone calls and text messages from unfamiliar numbers, and at least two police reports were made.

Yesterday, Koh pleaded guilty to four charges under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act and was imposed the jail term.

He also admitted to another 20 counts of the same offence, which were taken into consideration during sentencing.

In mitigation, Koh’s lawyer asked for a fine or a short jail term of not more than six weeks for his client, now a security guard with Certis Cisco.

The lawyer said Ah King had harassed Koh repeatedly and threatened to vandalise his house, even though he had repaid his loan.

In passing sentence, the judge noted that Koh had no previous convictions, and had pleaded guilty. She also noted that he had quit his job shortly after committing the offences.

The judge sentenced him to six weeks’ jail per charge, with two of the terms to run consecutively.

He could have been jailed for two years and fined SGD5,000 per charge.

Read more at:http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/ex-bank-officer-jailed-for-misuse-of-database

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