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Detention ordered in client data theft

A FORMER employee of Hong Kong fashion conglomerate I.T was sentenced to four months of detention with a four-month reprieve for stealing client information and using it to obtain clothes, the Pudong New Area People's Court said yesterday.

The convict, surnamed Qiu, said he found the information in trash cans in the offices of the I.T and double-park brands when he was working for a subsidiary of I.T in Shanghai in August.

He tracked the clients in the company's computer and recorded the amount of points on their VIP cards, which add up with merchandise purchases, the court heard. In September, Qiu left for an airline company but kept the information, prosecutors said.

Qiu said he went to five outlets of I.T in such areas as Grand Gateway in Xujiahui, Cloud Nine Shopping Mall in Changning District and Xin Mei Union Square in the Pudong New Area. There, he redeemed clothes with brands such as 5CM, double-park and izzue worth more than 10,000 yuan (US$1,610). Qiu said he gave the clothes to friends so they would think he was rich. He also asked a former colleague to get clothes.

The subsidiary didn't realize anything wrong until it received customer complaints. The company called police after finding evidence of Qiu's crime, the court heard.

Qiu's parents helped their son return the money after Qiu was arrested on fraud charges.

I.T's rules call for shop clerks to check the clients' identity card as well as their mobile phone number before redeeming points. The clerks didn't check Qiu's identity but asked only for a mobile phone number, prosecutors said. Qiu said he knew the stores were lax with point redemption, which would make the crimes easier.

Prosecutors said shops should tighten up protection of their clients' information when they issue VIP cards.

The maximum punishment for fraudsters is life in prison depending on the amount and the severity of the case.


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