Jail for S'porean who made over S$57,000 using company's printers for personal printing business

He was often absent during work hours.

Syahindah Ishak | July 29, 2021, 11:01 PM

Mike Song, 56-year-old Singaporean man, has been sentenced to a year's jail for using his company's printers for his own personal printing business.

He made over S$57,000 in this manner.

According to CNA, Song had pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal breach of trust as an employee.

Another four charges were taken into consideration in his sentencing.

According to charge sheets seen by Mothership, Song was a production manager for 8 Ink Media between 2015 and 2019.

In February 2019, the company transferred its assets and employees, including Song, to INX Events & Productions, as reported by CNA.

Used company's printers for personal business

Charge sheets revealed that Song had used his firm's printers without his employer's authorisation on over 70 separate occasions from Nov. 2015 to Dec. 2019.

He printed materials such as foam boards, banners, and stickers, and sold them to his personal clients.

In total, Song earned S$57,479.90 from his sales.

Often absent from work

CNA reported that Song was often absent from work during office hours, and only returned to work late at night.

According to Today, Song would deliver the printed materials to his clients in person so that his employer won't find out. His clients were also not aware of what he was doing.

In February 2020, an employee at the firm told the general manager about Song's actions. The general manager subsequently lodged a police report against Song on the same day, reported Today.

According to CNA, Song had agreed to repay the company S$58,000 in instalments.

He completed the full payment on June 9, 2021.

For each charge of criminal breach of trust as an employee, Song could have been jailed for up to 15 years and fined.

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