COLMA — A former contract Uber employee who issued greater than $25,000 credit to himself, pal and household with out permission pleaded no contest to felony grand theft this week, prosecutors stated.
Bernie Martinez, 25, used the credit to pay for Uber rides and UberEATS, the San Francisco-based firm’s on-line meal ordering and supply platform, prosecutors stated.
Hired as a contract employee in February 2016, Martinez was accountable for approving potential drivers and had entry to the corporate’s inner pc system, which he used to situation $25,543 in credit via May 2016, prosecutors stated.
Many of the transactions have been made out of Martinez’s house in Colma, prosecutors stated.
Uber fired Martinez after uncovering the fraud and contacted Colma police, who referred the case to digital crime investigators with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe stated the case was a reminder of how necessary it’s for corporations to have checks and balances.
“No matter who the person is, the smell of money can be very tempting and lead to these types of crimes,” he stated.
Jason Cuevas, Martinez’s personal lawyer, couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.
On Monday, Martinez pleaded no contest to at least one rely of felony grand theft on situation of no state jail and 6 months in jail. The conviction could possibly be lowered to a misdemeanor if he makes restitution.
Martinez, who’s out of custody on $10,000 bail, is slated to return to courtroom for sentencing Sept. eight.