Apple’s security chief is accused of bribery after “offering 200 iPads to the sheriff’s office in exchange for security personnel’s concealed weapons licenses”
- Thomas Moyer, 50, was charged with two officers from the Sheriff’s Office
- Carrying hidden firearms in California without the permission of an illegal sheriff
- Moyer reportedly wanted to arm Apple’s security after the 2018 YouTube attack
- The latest result of a corruption investigation that has absorbed the office of sheriff Santa Clara
Apple’s global security chief has been charged with bribery after allegedly promising the $ 200, $ 70,000 iPad to police in exchange for four hidden gun licenses from the company’s intelligence officers.
Thomas Moyer, 50, was charged by a large jury along with two officers from the Santa Clara sheriff’s office, the California district attorney’s office said.
County Subband Rick Sung and Captain Sheriff James Jenson are accused of asking for bribes for permits.
Apple security chief Thomas Moyer (pictured) has been charged with bribery after allegedly promising 200 iPads to police
County Vice Rick Sung (pictured) is the highest-ranking official in Santa Clara County to date
Moyer has worked for Apple for nearly 15 years and currently serves as head of global security.
District Attorney Jeff Rosen said the 48-year-old Sung is the county’s highest law enforcement officer with whom his office has ever filed a lawsuit.
Carrying concealed firearms in California without a permit is illegal, and county sheriffs have a wide margin of discretion over their release, which can cost between $ 200 and $ 400.
Santa Clara County claimed that Sung did not issue the licenses until Moyer agreed to donate the iPads.
But the donation was stopped at the last minute after Sung and Moyer learned that the DA’s office had issued a search warrant to seize the license records.
Rosen said, “Call this quid pro quo.” Call it a paid game. Call it a call to get it. This is illegal and deeply destroys public confidence in criminal justice.
Moyer asked for permits to arm his security officers at Apple headquarters amid fears of an attack, his lawyer said
Ed Swanson, Moyer’s lawyer, says his client is innocent of the charges.
Apple said it conducted its own investigation and found no violation by the security chief.
Swanson said Moyer applied for weapons licenses from some of Apple’s security personnel to protect executives and employees after the shooting at other technology companies in Silicon Valley.
In 2018, a woman entered the YouTube center and shot three people before killing herself.
Nasim Aghdam broke into the YouTube campus south of San Francisco and shot down the dining rooms.
Swanson said Moyer asked some Apple security personnel for a gun license after the 2018 YouTube attack (pictured)
Swanson said of the new permit applications: “They acted in the process the way you should have done it.”
He added that donating iPads was not linked to licenses.
He said, “There was no bribery, there was no quid pro quo.”
If found guilty, Moyer could serve a prison sentence.
The scandal is the latest in a corruption case by the DA into the Sheriff’s Office over Sheriff Laurie Smith’s 2018 re-election campaign.
So far, six people have been charged with gun license issues in political favors.
Insurance broker 49-year-old Harpreet Chadha reportedly offered a $ 6,000 luxury boxing ticket to a San Jose Sharks hockey game in exchange for gun licenses.
Sheriff Smith used the luxury box to celebrate his re-election with his family members and some of his biggest political supporters.
This case did not involve Apple, although according to the campaign finance records, Moyer donated $ 1,000 to Smith’s 2018 campaign shortly before receiving the licenses.