California court exonerates Apple’s security chief from bribery and illegal gun possession charges

Apple’s Head of Global Security Thomas Moyer has been cleared of all charges by the California court. In November 2020, Moyer was accused of bribery by a California district attorney, and a grand jury issued indicted Santa Clara County Undersheriff Rick Sung, Captain James Jensen, a local business owner, and Thomas Moyer in the case.

From the beginning, Moyer maintained that he was innocent and Apple back him completely. The company’s internal investigation found no wrongdoing by Thomas and in the issued statement it said:

“We expect all of our employees to conduct themselves with integrity. After learning of the allegations, we conducted a thorough internal investigation and found no wrongdoing.”

Moyer’s lawyer defended him by claiming that the case involved malice by the district attorney.

“This case is about a long, bitter, and very public dispute between the Santa Clara County Sheriff and the District Attorney, and Tom is collateral damage to that dispute. We look forward to making Tom’s innocence clear in court and bringing an end to this wrong-headed prosecution.”

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California court dismisses bribery charges against Apple’s Head of Security

After a two years investigation, the Santa Clara district attorney accused Moyer of bribing the Undersheriff Sung and Cpt. Jensen with free iPads for the department in exchange for a gun permit.

However, Judge Eric S. Geffon of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County dismissed the case ruling that the district attorney’s “argument is pure speculation, and is not supported by the evidence presented to the grand jury”. As per Reuters, Judge Geffon said that:

Moyer had been in talks with the Sheriff’s Office about permits for more than a year by the time of the 2019 meeting. By then, Geffon wrote, the evidence suggests Moyer believed the permits were already approved and would be issued soon.

Moreover, Geffon wrote that Moyer’s offer to donate the iPads to the Sheriff’s Office, rather than any specific officer, and the fact that Moyer followed all of Apple’s internal rules for requesting a donation, showed a lack of corrupt intent.

Thomas Moyer thanked the court for ruling objectively and Apple for its support.

“I thank the Court for giving this case such careful consideration, and for allowing me to move forward with my life. I also want to thank Apple, my friends and family for their unwavering support.”

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