The court sentenced a man in his 20s to probation for 안전놀이터giving free rides several times by sending exorbitant amounts of money, such as 1 won or 100 won, under the pretense of transferring taxi fare to an account.
Seoul Northern District Court Criminal Division 6 Chief Judge Song Hye-young announced on the 14th that Kim (25), who was indicted on fraud charges, was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of probation and ordered him to perform 120 hours of community service. Mr. Kim is accused of defrauding a total of 36 taxi drivers of 550,000 won worth of taxi fare from February 17 of last year to March 22 of this year.
Mr. Kim’s crimes were committed throughout Seoul, including Gangnam-gu, Songpa-gu, and Yongsan-gu, and in the Gyeonggi area, including Uijeongbu, Guri, and Namyangju. After saying that he would transfer the taxi fare to his account, he showed the original taxi fare by writing it down in the ‘depositor name’ field on the mobile phone screen, and actually used a method of only transferring small amounts such as 1 won or 100 won.
This is aimed at the fact that taxi drivers usually only listen to deposit alarms or do not carefully check the remittance amount. In particular, Mr. Kim is said to have committed crimes in the dark of night or looked for busy taxi drivers as targets. Even after he was summoned to the police around October of last year, he was found to have committed the same crime several times until last March, just before his arrest.
Chief Judge Jeong said, “The nature of Mr. Kim’s crime was very bad and he did not receive forgiveness from most of the victims,” but added, “He admits to all his crimes and is reflecting on them, and Mr. Kim’s mother compensated nearly twice the amount of damages for most of the victims.” “He stated the reason for his sentencing.