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Apple Receives $500 in Damages from Two Men Accused of Stealing iPhone 4 Prototype

In 2010, two man were charged in what could be termed as a rather strange incident when an iPhone 4 prototype, considered a “priceless” smartphone, was lost. Recently, both men have been sentenced to a year of probation, 40 hours of public service and will have to pay $250 each to Apple.

CNET reports (opens in new tab) that the sentences were ordered in San Mateo County District Court yesterday.

The men have been identified as Brian Hogan, who claimed he had found the pre-released iPhone 4 in a bar and Sage Wallower, who allegedly helped Hogan in pitching the handset to tech sites as a potential scoop.

Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County District Attorney said, “The judge considered that Wallower had served in the armed forces and Hogan was enrolled in San Jose State, and neither had any criminal record, and decided that jail term wasn’t required,” according to a report (opens in new tab) published in Slash Gear.

Apple gained $500 in damages from the suit, however, because the accused pled no contest rather than admit guilt. The company will not be able to use the admission in any civil case. Also, there is no clarity regarding whether or not the company is planning to initiate a civil suit.