Security guard gets 2 months' jail for cheating couple of $1,050 over bogus intimate video

SINGAPORE - Taking advantage of a young couple he caught getting intimate on a staircase landing, a condominium security guard lied that they had been caught on camera and offered to destroy his "recording device" in return for money.

Nagindran Dharmiah, 32, took $1,000 in "compensation" from the girl but she reported him to the police after he asked for another $850 the next day.

There was actually no camera installed there. The device Nagindran had shown them was his clocking device, meant for recording his progress at work.

On Monday, the permanent resident from Malaysia was jailed for two months after pleading guilty to two counts of cheating the girl on March 31 last year. A third count, for getting her boyfriend to hand over his mobile phone as collateral until full compensation had been made, was taken into consideration.

The court heard that around 10.30pm, the girl admitted to Nagindran that her partner was not a resident at the condominium in the east, when the guard confronted them.

Nagindran said the boyfriend was trespassing. He claimed they had been filmed, and that his supervisor had asked for them to be brought to the guardhouse. Nagindran also threatened to call the police and the couple's parents. He showed them his clocking device and claimed their actions could be replayed if it were "plugged... into the CCTV camera".

The couple, both 19, pleaded with him to let them off and offered to speak with his supervisor. This was when Nagindran suggested destroying the device and letting them off. After receiving $1,000, he took down the girl's number and deleted a photograph he had taken of them with his phone. He was arrested the next day, after meeting her and receiving another $50.

For each count of cheating his victims into handing over their property, Nagindran could have been jailed for 10 years and fined.