A US computer programmer has been caught allegedly spending thousands of dollars to outsource his own job to a company in China.
The programmer would spend his day browsing the internet before sending his superiors a daily status report and going home.
The software developer, who is in his 40s, is said to have paid a Chinese firm a fifth of his six-figure salary to do his job for him.
The tale emerged via a blog by a computer forensic investigator at Verizon Business, a US-based communications firm.
Andrew Valentine claimed that his company had been contacted by another US-based firm, which he does not name, who feared their systems were being hacked after noticing that someone in Shenyang, China, was accessing the system.
According to Mr Valentine, it became apparent upon investigation that an employee had outsourced his own job, paying a Chinese firm approximately $50,000 (€37,600) to write programmes on his behalf.
The employee would then spend his day browsing the internet before sending his superiors a daily status report and going home.
A spokesman for Verizon Business confirmed that the story was true, but declined to provide further details. (© Daily Telegraph, London)