Apple security chief seeks dismissal of firearm permit bribery case
What you need to know
- Apple's Chief Security Officer is seeking to have charges of bribery against him dismissed.
- Thomas Moyer was indicted over claims Apple sent $70,000 worth of iPads to Santa Clara law officers in exchange for gun permits.
- Moyer's attorney says there is no evidence of this.
Apple's Chief Security Officer has filed a motion to have an indictment against him over charges of bribery dismissed.
As reported by The Mercury News:
In a statement, Moyer's attorney said that the Santa Clara District Attorney "has ignored facts and evidence proving Mr. Moyer's innocence, and they have distorted the law to be able to drag him into this case." In November, Moyer was indicted alongside county Undersheriff Rick Sung and Capt. James Jensen, it is alleged that $70,000 worth of iPads was offered in exchange for the release of concealed-carry weapon permits, to be used by four Apple executive protection agents. From the report:
The report says that "the idea of a large iPad donation to the sheriff's office materialized" following a visit by Sung and Jensen to Apple Park in February of 2019, Moyer reportedly sent an email to Jensen that said, "Curious if you need iPads at your new facility". Three weeks later, Apple's security agents were advised to pick up their security permits, however "Records show they had been approved two months earlier." Moyer's attorneys say the fact that permits were processed two months prior "defies any logical bribery motive for the iPad donation offer." It is further claimed in the motion that there was "zero urgency to obtaining the CCWs for security personnel in light of other security developments at Apple Park" and that nothing explained by Mr. Moyer would abandon "decades of principled business conduct, to 'bribe' two Sheriff's deputies." The report further notes that the district attorney's office's allegations "do reconcile some of the inconsistencies asserted by Moyer's counsel, in that Sung is accused of holding up approved permits to extract expensive favors from well-heeled recipients."
The report says the iPads were never donated following search warrants being issued on Jensen and Sung in fall 2019 on a "separate but related bribery investigation." The report can be read in full here.
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