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Samsung employee arrested for stealing 8,474 smartphones

The man is said to have made approximately $711,368 from the crime over a two-year period.

Published onJune 7, 2017

A Samsung employee with disabilities has been arrested for stealing 8,474 smartphones, according to a report from The Investor earlier today.

The man, Lee, had been stealing the handsets from Samsung’s production headquarters in Suwon, South Korea before selling them on to a second-hand phone dealer.

Samsung caught on to the crime after discovering unreleased phones had made their way to Vietnam. Lee is believed to have made approximately 800 million won (~$711,368) from the caper, which lasted for almost two years between December 2014 and November 2016.

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Reportedly, Lee had been able to appropriate the phones unnoticed as he was permitted to skip the company’s electronic body scanner when leaving the office — this, due to his use of a wheelchair.

Police said the money he’d acquired had been used to pay off part of a 900 million won (~$800,118) gambling debt.

This isn’t the only criminal activity believed to have taken place at Samsung recently, the company’s boss Lee Jae-yong was indicted in February on charges of bribery, embezzlement and hiding assets overseas.

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