A California grand jury has indicted Apple’s head of global security, Thomas Moyer on charges of bribery. Moyer allegedly tried to bribe Santa Clara County officials to procure firearms (CCW) licenses.
Santa Clara district attorney Jeff Rosen alleges that Thomas Moyer offered 200 iPads to Capt. James Jensen and Undersheriff Rick Sung in the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office. The iPads, worth about $70,000 were to be bribes in exchange for four firearms licenses for Apple employees.
The indictment comes after a two-year investigation into the matter. “In the case of four CCW licenses withheld from Apple employees, Undersheriff Sung and Cpt. Jensen managed to extract from Thomas Moyer a promise that Apple would donate iPads to the Sheriff’s Office,” Rosen said in a news release.
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The attorney general’s office reports that Moyer didn’t deliver the iPads. This is because Sung and Moyer found out that the district attorney was executing a search warrant for the sheriff department’s CCW records in 2019.
Ed Swanson, Moyer’s attorney, says that his client is innocent of the charges filed against him. He also added that he believed Moyer was ‘collateral damage’ in a dispute between the Santa Clara sheriff and district attorneys’ offices. “He did nothing wrong and has acted with the highest integrity throughout his career. We have no doubt he will be acquitted at trial,” Swanson said.
Moyer has been at the company for about 15 years and became Apple’s head of global security in November 2018. Apple has not commented on the issue.
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