Electronics Recycler Caught Illegally Reselling Over 100,000 iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches

Apple recently caught and sued a Canadian electronics recycling company Geep for illegally selling over 100,000 Apple devices. The devices were originally supposed to go for recycling. Geep is putting the entire blame on the three employees who it claims to have acted on their own. Interestingly, all three employees are reportedly Geep executives.

First reported by iPhone Addict (via The Logic), Apple says that Geep has sold over 100,000 Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, for its personal profit instead of sending them for recycling.

Geep is in Apple’s sights. The manufacturer sued this Canadian company specializing in electronic recycling. The group resold 103,845 iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch, when it was supposed to take them apart and recycle the components.

Geep is defending itself by saying that it wasn’t aware of the actions of the three employees who ran the scheme. However, Apple has identified them as Geep executives:

The group does not deny the theft of devices, but assures that the resale was carried out by three employees who did so without warning anyone. According to Apple, the employees in question were executives at Geep.

The documents were just now released with Apple filing the lawsuit against Geep back in January with Geep making a recent filing in July.

Reports say:

Upon arrival, Apple claims 100% of the profits made from the sale of the stolen products and an additional 31 million Canadian dollars (19.87 million euros). Geep wants the executives responsible for the act to be the ones who pay if justice proves Apple right.

Here’s how Apple found out about the scheme:

Apple did an audit of Geep’s warehouses and it was at this point that the manufacturer noticed the theft of certain models so that sales could be made. Apple then checked the serial numbers and noticed that 18% of the devices sent to Geep were used on the network of several operators. Apple also notes that the number of stolen and resold devices must logically be greater than 103,845 since iPads and Apple Watches are only Wi-Fi compatible and cannot be noticed on carrier networks.