Software Developer Outsourced Job To China While He Watched Cat Videos All Day

By Vamien McKalin email: v.mckalin@mobilenapps.com | Jan 21, 2013 01:19 PM EST

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Bob thought he was clever, he thought no one would find out about his little scheme; he probably thought he would never make the news, but Bob was wrong. His plans of outsourcing his job to China was going great right up to the point where he was busted, and now he's out of a job.

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Bob was considered the best software developer at his work place; he was always on time with his work and all his codes were perfect without any error. Bob achieved this by allowing a firm from China to log into his employee VPN account and do his job for him, which is actually very clever if you think about it. Unfortunately, Bob did not suspect that allowing someone from China to log into his account would arouse suspicion and so began his fall from grace.

The U.S.-based company Bob worked for chose to check its employees VPN logs one day, only to find some strange things happening on their network. The company proceeded to ask Verizon to come over and take a look so it could better understand these anomalous activities. What the company found was shocking, the top developer who is in his mid 40's was outsourcing his job to China.

It is understood that Bob makes several hundred thousand dollars per year, as he was able to pay the Chinese firm $50,000 annually.

Here's a look at the typical Bob work day:

9:00 a.m. - Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos
11:30 a.m. - Have lunch
1:00 p.m. - eBay time.
2:00 - ish p.m. - Facebook updates, LinkedIn
4:30 p.m. - End of day, update e-mail to management.
5:00 p.m. - Go home

As it turns, Bob does nothing but browse the Internet all day at work, while the Chinese firm made him a lot of money. It was a clever move, but not clever enough and, therefore, he was caught red handed.

"Evidence even suggested he had the same scam going across multiple companies in the area. All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually. The best part? Investigators had the opportunity to read through his performance reviews while working alongside HR. For the last several years in a row he received excellent remarks. His code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building," notes the Verizon case study.

It was a good run, but now Bob is out of a job and probably will never get another job as a software developer.

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