Foxconn Manager Stole ‘Thousands’ of Smartphones

A senior manager at Hon Hai, known only by his surname (Tsai), has admitted to stealing thousands of smartphones from a factory in Zhengzhou and selling them privately in China. The thefts are estimated to have made about $760,000.

Local media says that between 4,000 and 5,000 phones were stolen, including iPhone 6 models. Prosecutors suspect that a network of accomplices was involved with the thefts, in which phones were apparently shipped out of the factory in a container.

For its part, Hon Hai has admitted that there was ‘an incident of theft’, but said that it took place in 2013 and involved pre-production models. The quantities mentioned in reports, and the iPhone 6 claims, are false, the company says.