Imagine the situation: you buy a iPhone and initially, it works exactly as expected. Until one day – long before any defect is minimally acceptable – it stops working, and when you take it to an Apple Authorized Service Center, you discover that it is made of discarded parts. Unbelievable? For that was exactly what was happening in China.
According to the website Taiwan News, a scam was recently discovered in one of the company’s factories Foxconn, one of the main partners of Apple and responsible for the assembly of almost all the models of iPhones sold in the world.
The operation consisted of joining rejected parts of iPhones – parts with minor defects that, according to Apple’s instructions, should be destroyed – and used to assemble functional devices, sold on the parallel market. Plant managers and employees Zhengzhou (China) would be involved in the scheme, with a Taiwanese executive from Foxconn leading the whole thing.
More precisely, the employees involved in the scheme sold the rejected parts to an organized crime gang – the one responsible for assembling and selling the fake iPhones (or… almost counterfeit). The operation appears to have lasted three years and generated no less than NT $ 1.3 billion (R $ 175 million) for scheme leaders.
The crime was reported last June by an anonymous Foxconn employee, who emailed Tim Cook directly about the fraud. Apple is investigating the case through its Audit and Business Assurance Department, which reports directly to the company’s board of directors; Foxconn also started an internal investigation.