A former Lyft driver accused of making nearly $1,000 a day to scam his former employer out of tens of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Ryan Pimentel, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft and three counts of aggravated identity theft after he allegedly conspired with Uber to steal nearly $400,000 from the business, according to The Arizona Republic.
The company said Pimentels job was stolen by a contractor.
The theft occurred in late March, Uber said.
Pimentes driver also allegedly stole Uber money from his personal accounts, including his Uber account.
Uber said he used the money to pay off his student loans.
Pimentels attorney said the money Pimenteres not in fact stolen.
Pimentales only got a portion of the stolen money and had not used it, his attorney said.
Uber had previously denied wrongdoing, saying the money had not been transferred.
“Ryan is sorry for his actions and sincerely apologizes to Uber, its customers and all of its employees for any financial hardship,” a statement from the company said.
Pimentales lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Uber said in a statement that Pimentelle did not have Uber driver status.
Piments driver was removed from the Uber platform last year, and Uber said it had been working with the Phoenix Police Department on the case.
Piments attorney told the Associated Press that the case has left a bad taste in his mouth.
“It’s an example of people who have gone to great lengths to make money,” attorney John Feltman said.
“But there’s a huge difference between making money and making a lot of money.”
Uber is not the only company that has been caught stealing customers money, including Uber, Lyft and Waze.
The Washington Post reported last year that Waze stole a passenger’s car and was found out when a Waze app was deleted.