American IT specialist caught outsourcing job to Chinese

Jan 16, 2013

A working-class hero for 2013: US company's star programmer paid others to do his job

IT'S many an office worker's dream – to outsource their job so they can spend more time messing around on Facebook.

Now it has emerged that a senior employee of an unnamed IT company in the States did just that last year - until he was rumbled by his company's tech supplier Verizon, who reported the story on its blog yesterday.

The company's top programmer, who Verizon have called ‘Bob', typically arrived at work at 9am and then spent two-and-a-half hours watching cat videos and surfing Reddit.

After a 90-minute lunch break, Bob would then return to Reddit until around 2pm, when he would update his Facebook page. He then spent an hour or so dealing with email before going home at 5pm.

And all this time, it transpires, Bob was outsourcing his work to Chinese contractors. During a security audit, Verizon not only found invoices from China – it also discovered Bob was being employed by other companies in the area for hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and only paying his sub-contractors $50,000 annually.

Bob's ruse was not just successful because it gave him an easy life – the scam worked so well that he became his company's top code writer.

Verizon noted on its blog: "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."

Bob is no longer employed by the company – a point Tim Stanley of the Daily Telegraph takes issue with. "Not only is Bob a modern hero to the terminally bored office worker," writes Stanley, "he's also invented a whole new way of making capitalism work."

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Bob is basically a really good project manager with the skill to control multiple teams from around the would to get things done, (just what we need, to get things done) he should just set up his own business and have Verizon outsource to him.