A SYSTEMS engineer who stole more than $351,000 worth of network components from KK Women's and Children's Hospital was yesterday sentenced to 3 1/2 years' jail.
Michael Lin Weihong, 31, admitted to four charges of theft in dwelling, with seven more taken into consideration.
He committed the offences between Feb 20 and May 5 last year, shortly after his former employer sent him to the hospital to help upgrade the existing network infrastructure.
Using the same modus operandi each time, Lin would delink and disconnect the main network system from the backup components with his ID from Integrated Health Information System.
He then physically removed backup parts such as network switches.
To cover up the thefts, he would report false alarms and volunteer to do "routine checks" and would then report that nothing was amiss.
He was found out on May 7 last year.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Chee Ee Ling noted the importance of the stolen items to the hospital's operations and its ability to provide patient care.
In mitigation, defence lawyer M. Lukshumayeh noted that Lin had been under pressure because of his debts to banks and loan sharks.
For each charge of theft in dwelling, Lin could have been fined and jailed for up to seven years.
This article was first published on June 9, 2015.
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