Apple's global security chief charged with bribery in Caliornia

Joanna Estrada
November 25, 2020

Apple's head of global security has been charged with bribery.

The report states, "Sung...and sheriff's Capt. James Jensen, also previously indicted, held back a conceal-carry permit to Apple's security team until Thomas Moyer, head of global security for the Cupertino-based company, agreed to donate almost $70,000 worth of iPads".

The proposed deal was abandoned at the last minute.

County undersheriff Rick Sung and sheriff's captain James Jenson are accused of requesting bribes for the permits.

"Undersheriff Sung and Captain Jensen treated CCW licenses as commodities and found willing buyers", said District Attorney Jeff Rosen.

At the behest of Sung, Chadha reportedly promised box seat tickets worth $6,000 worth to a San Jose Sharks hockey game at the SAP Center on Valentine's Day previous year, according to the indictment. Chadha, 49 and Moyer, 50, are accused of offering bribes to get the permits, according to a news release released by the Santa Clara County district attorney's office.

The charge sheet states that the plan was scuttled at the eleventh hour in August, 2019, when Mr Sung and Mr Moyer learned of a search warrant to seize the police's concealed weapon license records.

Ed Swanson, Moyer's attorney, said his client is innocent. He did nothing wrong and has acted with the highest integrity throughout his career. "We have no doubt he will be acquitted at trial".

That case did not involve Apple, although campaign finance records show Moyer donated $1,000 to Smith's 2018 campaign shortly before receiving the permits.

Usually, a concealed carry permit is given to anyone who applies in places where concealed carry is allowed, provided they are not in a database that says otherwise. But those two things are unrelated.

Rosen said: 'Call this quid pro quo.

The indictments were the latest developments in the Santa Clara County district attorney's two-year investigation into an alleged scheme by sheriff's officials to extort bribes for the licenses.

After enlisting in the U.S. Navy at 19, Moyer served for four years as an Operational Intelligence Specialist, including during Operation Desert Storm, before being honorably discharged as a non-commissioned officer, according to background details shared by Swanson. "He does not deserve to have his good name tarnished by these baseless charges".

The four defendants will be arraigned on January 11, 2021 at the Hall of Justice in San Jose, California. If convicted, they could receive prison time, according to the district attorney's office.

That must immediately raise the street cred of Apple's venerable tablets, even though the WSJ story is more complicated than it sounds.

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