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A grand jury in Santa Clara, California, issued one on Monday, accusing Apple’s chief security officer, Thomas Moyer, of offering bribes for safe carry permits for Apple employees.
According to a press release from Santa Clara District Attorney General Rosen, Moir allegedly donated 200 iPads worth $ 70,000 to the sheriff’s office in exchange for four concealed weapons (CCW) “withdrawn from Apple employees”. Promised.
“Tom Moyer is innocent of the charges against him. He did nothing wrong and worked with supreme loyalty throughout his career. We have no doubt that he will be acquitted in the trial, “Moyers’ lawyer Ed Swanson said in a statement to CNBC.
An Apple spokesperson said in a statement, “We expect all our employees to conduct themselves with honesty. After knowing the allegations, we conducted a thorough internal investigation and committed no wrongdoing.”
The charges, filed on Monday, are part of an investigation in 2019 into whether the Santa Clara sheriff has used secret carry permits to help with secret bribes and political donations. The sheriff’s office covered Cupertino, California, where Apple’s headquarters are located. Moyer has worked at Apple for 14 years and is now head of global security, his lawyer said on Monday.
The Santa Clara DA stated that state law requires that people obtaining a secret carry license in California be required to demonstrate “good cause,” as well as a complete course of firearms and a good moral character , Sheriff is the final determination must be qualified.
“This case is about a long, bitter and very public dispute between the Santa Clara County Sheriff and the District Attorney, and Tom is the collateral damage to that dispute,” Swon said in a statement on behalf of Moyer.
The Santa Clara DA alleges that officers in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, undersheriff Rick Sung, and Captain James Jensen, were part of a scheme where they requested bribes in exchange for easy approval of concealed permits. An insurance broker with political connections in San Jose was also charged with bribing an exchange permit on Monday.
In 2020, an investigation by the NBC Bay Area found that donors to the Santa Clara Sheriff’s political campaigns were about 14 times more likely to receive concealed weapons than those who did not contribute. Sheriff Laurie Smith has not been charged. Earlier, four people were charged with conspiracy and bribery in August as a result of the investigation.
According to the Santa Clara DA, the promised donation of iPads was never met, as it was removed in August 2019 following a search warrant for concealed carry records at the Sheriff’s Office.