SaskTel Loses $184,000 After Employee Steals Over 235 Cellphones

According to Saskatchewan’s quarterly ministry and Crown loss reports, SaskTel took a $184,000 loss after it was discovered an employee stole 235 cellphones, according to The Leader Post:

According to the reports, sometime around the middle of June a SaskTel worker was found to have stolen 22 cellphones from the company. SaskTel said that as it looked further into the matter, the employee was also found to have been “fraudulently obtaining cell phones through other means and selling them to third parties.” The Crown said a further 213 phones had been taken by the employee, for a total of 235.

SaskTel spokeswoman Darcee MacFarlane said internal processes and checks uncovered the thefts, made by a female employee who worked as a customer service representative at SaskTel’s Regina store.

According to MacFarlane, the $184,000 number is the value of the phones stolen. “It’s a variety of phones with a variety of different values. They’re not recovered, she actually re-sold them.”

“We likely will not ever see the phones again,” added MacFarlane. “But what we will be doing is seeking restitution for the value of the phones … and we’ll do that by way of a civil suit or, if the police determine to take criminal action, we’ll actually ask them to ensure that restitution is included in the criminal action.”

The employee was suspended without pay, but before further disciplinary action was taken, the employee resigned.