Apple security chief allegedly tried to bribe police with iPads

Apple security chief Thomas Moyer indicted in concealed firearm permit bribery case

The two-year investigation by the district attorney's office found that Sung, who was allegedly aided by Jensen in one instance, held up the distribution of CCW licenses and refused to release them until the applicants gave something of value.

Santa Clara County have alleged that Sung did not issue the permits until Moyer agreed to donate the iPads.

Apple did not respond to Gizmodo's request for comment but Moyer's attorney, Ed Swanson, sent us a statement saying that his client "is innocent of the charges filed against him".

Apple's global security director has been charged with bribery for allegedly offering hundreds of iPads to Californian law enforcement officers in exchange for weapons permits for company employees.

And now the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has announced that a grand jury indicted Apple's Moyer, along with the two officers, named as County Undersheriff Rick Sung and Sheriff's Captain James Jenson. The DA's office claims that just after August 2, 2019, Moyer and Sung were alerted to a search warrant seeking the Sheriff's department's concealed-carry permit records and subsequently backed off of going through with the plan.

While attorney Thomas Moyer, Apple's global security chief, stated that the charges were unfounded, Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen said, "Getting something in return for doing a job is illegal and negates trust in the criminal justice system".

Apple said it had conducted its own investigation and found no wrongdoing on the part of their chief security officer.

It's not known who Moyer was trying to get the CCW licenses for. "We have no doubt he will be acquitted at trial".

Mr Swanson pointed out Moyer's Navy service and his 14 years of work at Apple as "a hardworking, decent man". Moyer has been head of global security at Apple since November 2018 and first joined the company in 2006.

Swanson said of the new permit applications: 'They went through the process the way you're supposed to do it'.

The defendants in the case, including Moyer, are scheduled to be arraigned January 11.

The investigators claim the Apple executives agreed to "donate" no less than 200 iPads with an estimated value of almost $70,000, while the insurance broker promised $6,000 worth of luxury box seat tickets to a San Jose Sharks hockey game at the SAP Center on Valentine's Day 2019.

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