A former cellphone store employee is accused of buying 33 iPhones with stolen customer information in Cobb County.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Cops: Ex-employee used customer information to steal $25K worth of iPhones

A former GoWireless/Verizon employee in Kennesaw is accused of stealing customers’ personal information to buy $25,000 worth of iPhones, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Howard Presley allegedly bought 33 iPhones using customers’ information while he worked at the store on Collins Road, Channel 2 reported.

Kennesaw police have charged Presley with identity fraud, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the news station.

The warrant alleges Presley “purchased 33 Apple iPhones using the fraudulent information of 12 different people.” The victims were compromised between November 2016 and May 2017, Channel 2 reported.

Presley was no longer employed as of May 2017, a GoWireless spokesman told the news station.

Police told Channel 2 “Verizon wrote off each of the stolen phones as a loss.” A report filed by a customer is what tipped off police.

The spokesman also sent a statement to the news station that said:

“Go Wireless has a longstanding Code of Conduct that in part states that we expect all our employees to demonstrate the highest standards of public trust and conduct which includes, among other things, protecting customer information. To that effect, GoWireless has a loss prevention department which investigates incidents involving employees and customers and works with police agencies in pursuing criminal prosecution, including restitution, where the facts and circumstances so warrant.”

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