Gainesville man arrested for digital sabotage of former employer’s computer system

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Nicholas Jason Chetram, 40, was arrested on April 13 and charged with three felonies related to sabotage of his former employer’s computer system.

According to an affidavit from Gainesville Police Department, after Chetram was fired from his job at a tire business in October 2022, the business noticed multiple changes to employee files, payroll spreadsheets, and other documents. The business also received nine purchase orders from several vendors, and there were two charges from Google for advertisements, three charges for subscriptions from Indeed.com, and four purchases from tire wholesalers.

An employee of the company observed that almost every employee’s information was deleted, with only Chetram’s information remaining in the system and a message that said, “Send me my money and you can get your files back, it’s been 2 months since you were supposed to pay me, you owe me 2 weeks of pay totaling $1,313.” The affidavit notes that it is true that the employer did not pay the final check to Chetram.

An IT specialist reportedly determined that an outside device had remotely logged into the business’s computer system with Chetram’s credentials, which were not removed from the system until after the sabotage was detected. The specialist was able to find the name of a device that accessed the system, and the device was reportedly traced to Chetram.

Chetram has been charged with scheming to defraud, criminal use of another entity’s identification information, and computer crimes. He was originally held on $50,000 bail, but Judge David Kreider allowed him to be released on his own recognizance after Chetram’s lawyer filed a motion requesting a reduction in the bond.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Good for him. These scumbag jobs will do anything to screw over an employee. That’s why nobody wants to even waste their time working for these pigs.

    • Agreed. I spent years in court pursuing my last paycheck from a similar scumbag who finally paid up just to be rid of me.

  • I doubt those charges will hold up, especially since the employer has failed to give their former employee his final check.

  • Moral of the story: don’t hire on the cheap if you don’t plan to pay them their last paychecks.

  • Would be nice to know which tire shop he worked at. If they will stiff an employee out of an earned paycheck I can only imagine what they may try and pull over on paying customers.

    • I’m sure he’s intelligent enough to no longer need a job like that again. I applaud him to the fullest..

      • You are right. He will have a felony record so as long as he works in Gainesville he doesnt need to worry about b.v background check for employment. Maybe he could be the city’s new clerk or run for mayor, or city commissioner. He definitely shows more intelligence then what we have now.

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