Judge says accused was guilty of a major breach of trust placed in him
A 47-year-old man has been jailed for five years after he pleaded guilty to computer fraud offences involving the theft of over €300,000 from a multinational company within months of starting work for the firm.
Dadibaku Ngkupumu, a Congolese national, pleaded guilty to a total of 17 fraud offences from Avery Dennison at Cork Airport Business Park between November 2012 and January 2013.
Today at Cork Circuit Criminal Court, Judge David Riordan described it as “classic case of white collar crime” by Ngkupumu of McWilliam Green, Fortunestown, Tallaght, Dublin.
Det Garda Aonghus Cotter told how Ngykupumu had diverted a total of €336,819.27 from Avery Dennison to fake bank accounts set up in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.
He also attempted to transfer a further €304,188.04 to the same fake bank accounts in another series of transactions while working in Avery Dennison’s financial payments section.
Det Garda Cotter said that Nykupumu began the fraud after he was trained in by another staff member whom he was replacing and he took her computer identity card and pin number.
He used the former member of staff’s computer identity and her pin number as well as his own to transfer the monies to the fake bank accounts in a series of operations.
The fraud came to light when Avery Dennison contacted a customer to say that they had not been paid but the customer confirmed the money had already been paid to Avery Dennison.
It led to Ngkupuma’s section manager carrying out an audit of the unit’s operations and the fraudulent activity came to light and management confronted Nykupumu in April 2013.
Ngkupumu said he wasn’t feeling very well and he left the Avery Dennison’s building and walked out on the job but was arrested a few days later by gardaí in Ashbourne,Co Meath.
Judge Riordan said the successful operation of financial payments where monies could be diverted at the click of a mouse was hugely dependent on employers trusting their employees.
He said that Ngkupumu was guilty of a significant breach of trust in that regard while the design and repeated nature of the offences were also aggravating factors.
However he said he also had to take acount of Ngkupumu’s guilty plea to the 17 counts which had saved the state the time and cost of a complex trial and that was a mitigating factor.
He noted that Ngkupumu, who came to Ireland from the Congo in 1999 and sought asylum and later obtained legal status after the birth of children here, had no previous convictions.
He also accepted that Ngkupumu had shown remorse for his actions and he noted that he was doing well in prison where he has been on remand since his arrest on May 1st last.
“However therehas been a significant breach of trust and a company which came to this state to do business has been defrauded of significant sums of money which it is unlikely to get back.”
Judge Riordan said that taking all factors into account, he believed the appropriate sentence was one of five years which he backdated to May 1st when Ngkupumu was first arrested.