Foxconn Manager Indicted for Stealing and Reselling Thousands of iPhones


It’s never a good idea to steal from work, even when the payload is thousands of iPhones. One now-ex senior manager at Apple supplier Foxconn has reportedly been indicted for stealing and reselling 5,700 iPhones from the Foxconn factory.

Foxconn is a major tech manufacturer that produces electronics for the likes of Apple, Sony and HP. Its factories have received a lot of negative publicity in the past for unfair treatment of workers and poor factory conditions. It famously installed suicide nets on the sides of its buildings.

The manager, identified by his surname Tsai, faces a maximum of ten years in jail for stealing $1.56 million worth of iPhone 5 and 5S phones from 2013 to 2014, said Taiwanese prosecutors on Friday, according to Agence France-Presse. Tsai worked as a manager in the testing department at Foxconn’s factory in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, prosecutors said. After testing the iPhones he was supposed to scrap the devices, but instead he and a group of employees reportedly smuggled the iPhones out of the factory. He and his accomplices are then said to have sold the test phones to make almost TWD$50 million, or about $1,567,865, £1,239,705 and AU$2,103,529.

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SOURCE: Cnet, Gordon Gottsegen