The man his 40s reportedly paid a fifth of his six-figure salary to a Shenyang company to do his job.

A Verizon spokesman revealed the lazy man’s cunning ploy was uncovered when a US firm asked it to investigate a suspected security breach.

Andrew Valentine, of Verizon, was quoted on a web security site saying the man’s company got stung after letting its employees increasingly work from home.

“This organisation had been slowly moving toward a more telecommuting oriented workforce, and they had therefore started to allow their developers to work from home on certain days. In order to accomplish this, they’d set up a fairly standard VPN concentrator approximately two years prior to our receiving their call,” he said.

The scam by the man described as “inoffensive and quiet” and could operate in several programming languages apparently went on for months creating the impression he was working a normal week.

“Authentication was no problem. He physically FedExed his [security] token to China so that the third-party contractor could log-in under his credentials,” he added.

There is even a belief he “worked” for several companies.

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