Nike sues ex-employees who stole prototypes

Tung Ho, who was well known in the sneaker world, sold Nike prototypes online (Nike)
Tung Ho, who was well known in the sneaker world, sold Nike prototypes online (Nike)

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Nike filed a lawsuit on Monday, suing the suspects in a theft ring that involved thousands of prototype shoes, which were taken from the Washington County campus.

In the lawsuit, Nike says former employees Kyle Yamaguchi and Tung Ho lied to them, saying the shoes would be used for marketing purposes and then tricked the company into manufacturing inventory for their scheme.

Former Nike employee Kyle Yamaguchi allegedly sold stolen sneaker prototypes online. (solecollector.com)
Former Nike employee Kyle Yamaguchi allegedly sold stolen sneaker prototypes online. (solecollector.com)

Yamaguchi and Ho planned to sell the shoes for thousands on eBay and to sneaker reseller Jason Keating.

According to the lawsuit, the former employees also recruited their significant others, Denise Yee, who also worked at Nike, and Shu-Chu Yamaguchi, to help.

Nike asked a jury trial and damages that include the profits from the unapproved shoe sales.

So far, only Keating has been arrested in connection with the case.

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