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Salesman's act of revenge results in conviction

A FORMER salesman of a local company has been sentenced to six months suspended for sending messages to ex-clients defaming his old company's products, judges ruled yesterday.

The man, surnamed Zhang, claimed in the cell phone messages that the products, whose brand was later verified by authorities to be a famous local brand, had serious quality problems. His actions were an act of revenge on an ex-colleague, who he believed had removed him from his former position.

Judges didn't reveal the company's name to the press during the announcement of the ruling.

Zhang used to be the company's sales representative in Shaanxi Province and had a good record of employment.

A man, surnamed Chen, became his new superior last December and allegedly reduced his sales volume, the court heard.

The company decided to transfer Zhang to Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to be a salesman in January. Zhang believed it was Chen's suggestion because Chen wanted to take in charge of sales in the lucrative Shaanxi Province.

As a result of his transfer, Zhang resigned from his position and blamed Chen for the situation.

He sent 80 messages to his former clients over three days in February.

The messages warned the clients not to choose the company's products because "the products had serious hidden defects."

The court judged Zhang committed the crime of destroying commodity reputation, since he caused not only direct financial losses to the company, but also potential loss in reputation.


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