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Man Sells Off 7,000 Stolen Hams

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Reselling any item isn’t an easy feat, let alone trying to resell 7,000 stolen hams. A Spanish man did end up getting caught for defrauding his employers out of €520,000 ($537,000) after he stole and resold 7,000 hams.

The unnamed man had been working for a curing warehouse for six years from 2007 to 2013, where he stole the delicious merchandise. He was in charge of taking delivery of the hams and looked after them through the curing process. A messenger service was then used to deliver the meat to his own customers.

The thief originally faced a six-year sentence for his crime but it was reduced to 11 months and 29 days because the case took too long to come to trial. The man’s wife was also convicted as an accomplice and the pair must repay the full €529,900 to his former employer.

Huelva, Spain is famous for jamón de jabugo, made from backfoot pigs fed only acorns for the last three months of their lives. These hams can sell for more than $515, which is why the man ended up stealing 100 of these among his 7,000 ham total.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/09/spanish-man-jailed-for-stealing-520000-of-ham-from-employers

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