Apple’s Head of Global Security charged with bribery for concealed firearms licenses

Apple’s Head of Global Security, Thomas Moyer is accused of bribing state officials by a California district attorney. Bloomberg reports that a grand jury has issued two indictments on Monday charging Santa Clara County Undersheriff Rick Sung, Captain James Jensen, a local business owner, and Thomas Moyer with bribery.

District attorney’s statement reads:

Undersheriff Rick Sung , 48, and Captain James Jensen, 43, are accused of requesting bribes for concealed firearms (CCW) licenses, while insurance broker Harpreet Chadha, 49, and Apple’s Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer, 50, are accused of offering bribes to get them.

50 years old Moyer has been at Apple for over 15 years and is working as head of global security since 2018. He is also a former U.S Navy Operational Intelligence Specialist and was honorably discharged as a non-commissioned officer. As Chief Security Officer, he oversees physical security, the secrecy of new products and prototypes, retail loss prevention, and more. Moyer’s attorney maintains that his client is being unfairly targeted.

Apple’s Head of Global Security, Thomas Moyer is accused of Bribery

In his statement, the Santa Clara district attorney’s details that a two-year investigation found that the accused Undersheriff and Captain refused to release CCW licenses until the “applicants gave something of value.”

“In the case of four CCW licenses withheld from Apple employees, Undersheriff Sung and Cpt. Jensen managed to extract from Thomas Moyer a promise that Apple would donate iPads to the Sheriff’s Office. The promised donation of 200 iPads worth close to $70,000 was scuttled at the eleventh hour just after August 2, 2019, when Sung and Moyer learned of the search warrant that the District Attorney’s Office executed at the Sheriff’s Office seizing all its CCW license records.”

However, Moyer’s attorney Ed Swanson says that his client is innocent. Bloomberg writes that Apple found no wrongdoing on Moyer’s part after an internal investigation. Swanson claims:

“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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