Taipei, September 28: A former director of Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn was arrested for stealing and selling 2,000 iPhones for about 8.46 million Taiwan dollars ($ 277,000), a court said Friday. Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai, is the world’s largest manufacturer of contract electronics and assembles products for international brands such as Apple and Sony.
The factories in China employ around one million people.
Tsai Yi-wei, who works in the company’s testing department, ordered eight employees at Shenzhen’s Foxconn plant in Shenzhen in July to smuggle iPhone 5 and iPhone 5 test models in 2013 and December 2014, the Supreme Court announced.
Tsai and his accomplices then sold the phones for disposal in Shenzhen stores.
He was sentenced on Thursday to two years and four months in prison and can appeal the verdict.
“The defendant was at the head of a division but undermined the company’s trust,” the court said in a statement.
Foxconn reported the case to the Taiwanese authorities following an internal investigation and Tsai was charged at the end of 2016.
The company has been affected in recent years by a series of scandals ranging from bad behavior of employees to labor disputes.
In 2016, five former Foxconn employees were sentenced to ten years and six months for soliciting $ 160 million in bribes for quality control and the purchase of their equipment.
The company was also exposed to labor disputes ranging from employees’ suicides to underage trainees in its Chinese factories a few years ago.