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According to reports, a ring of 18 workers at BMW's plant in Munich have been stealing from the German automaker for years. It seems the individuals would stop the lines for fake quality control checks and make off with the goods to be sold on the open market. The most lucrative business reportedly centered around reselling seats through internet auctions.

BMW's own internal investigators discovered the thievery – but not until €3 million in goods ($4 million) was stolen – and reported the matter to local authorities. At least three ex-employees are currently in custody. Thanks for the tip, Gregg!

[Source: The Local | Photo: Drew Phillips/AOL]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahh, so that explains where all the good N54 fuel pumps went.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey fellas, hook me up!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How did they get out of the plant with them? Was one of them someone who could take a truck or a van out of the plant? I mean, you can't just carry a seat out and not get questioned, right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        All you need is a guy in quality and a guy in shipping. Quality guy claims it's for a quality check, hands it over to the shipping guy while writing it up as a bad part. Bad parts are scrapped, so no one looks for it. Shipping guy puts it in a box and no one thinks twice about two guys walking through the plant with a big box.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Schnallt sie auf den Propeller!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I got it one piece at a time, and it didn't cost me a dime.
      You'll know it's me when I come through town,
      I'm gonna ride around in style, I'm gonna drive everybody wild,
      Cause I'll have the only one around.

      Uh What model is it?

      Well it's a '49, '50, '51, '53, '54, '55, '56, '57, '58, '59 automobile
      it's a '60, '61, '62......
      • 4 Years Ago
      in 2007 i work for BMW dealer in new york and one day drivin to work march 28 2007 on my old mercedes benz the engine blow up right on top of verrazanno bridge, new york, well i made it to work after 2 hours of big ordeal, at work i spoke to car sellsman and i told that i need it to buy a used car and the sellsman said no problem, e ask for my social security and two hours later i got a call the sellsman" i got go news the car is yours "that time my credit was excelent, the car buying was approve 100%, five days later i was involve in a serious car accident, the car was taken to BMW dealer body shop after 3 weeks the was like new, a temporaly registration was given to me for 29 days i made payments for next 11 months the dealer never gave me the registration..after the 11 months i stop payment, the dealer were a both the car keep saying the was not that problem over a over i call BBB and i found out the BMW dealer at that time already had 3 bad cases, wend i told the sales department about legal procedes the dealer fire me now can somebody help me please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i expected them to steal electronics, but never seats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      security was getting part of the action.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NOW I get why my 5-series is missing the passenger seat!

      Ok, how exactly did they not notice that parts were missing? Isn't each component on the assembly line fitted with a serial number or tag??
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes they are but if they are marked off as "quality issues" or "quality assurance" and are sold through a non-BMW chain, how will they get caught?

        Say for instance an M3 seat is taken and some guy with "just" a 330 buys the seat. If this is purchased off of ebay who would check for something like that? It is also possible that a legitimate storefront would buy these seats thinking that these guys were supposed to be selling off extra parts on behalf of the company. These men and women are BMW employees so any background checks on them would turn up that yes, they are working at the plant.

        So what we have here is - BMW writes the parts off, the BMW employees can then sell them either on their own or to a parts wholesaler and since neither of these channels are through BMW no one bothers verifying that the part #s are registered for use as spares or wholesale. Anyone checking the validity of their claims of working for/representing BMW will get a positive response.

        Quite a brilliant scheme.....although still dastardly.

        BMW employees - "Curses! Foiled again!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        They will be NOW! The SAD THING IS; This happens ALL the time EVERYWHERE, in every business, store, entity, from Military to millinery! From food to fakes, from Politics to dog tics, theft is RAMPANT! Companies KNOW it, and yet either "take part in it", turn their heads, or "oh well" it! Guess who pays more for the PRODUCT! ONE hint! The first part is TAX and the LAST part is PAYER! TAX PAYER!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeez, for awhile they were getting away with millions in parts, that's incredible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So if you can walk out with a seat, what else was missing and how much of the cost was passed on to the consumer? By the way does anyone have a tire iron for a '85-'86-'87-'88-'89-'90-'91--------7series or what series would you call it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, with 18 guys in on the scheme, were they expecting to get away with it for a long time?
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