Apple safety chief charged with bribing police for gun licenses

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Apple's global security chief was accused in California of offering bribes to two local police officers to give clandestine gun licenses to tech group employees.

Thomas Moyer has been tried by a grand jury in a state court in the Santa Clara district, where Apple is based, along with officers Rick Sung, the district sergeant, and James Jensen, the captain of a sheriff.

The indictment issued on Friday and announced on Monday accuses Mr. Moyer of offering officials iPads in exchange for gun licenses last year.

The local prosecutor said in a statement that Mr. Sung and Mr. Jensen were holding up concealed weapon licenses in order to collect bribes.

The prosecutor's statement alleged that Mr. Moyer offered 200 iPads worth $ 70,000 to the sheriff's office as a "donation" for four licenses for Apple employees. The plan was abandoned after officials discovered in August last year that their gun license records were being investigated.

Apple immediately defended Mr. Moyer while his attorney claimed he was "collateral damage" in a feud between the Santa Clara District Attorney and the local sheriff's office.

Apple said it had "conducted a thorough internal investigation and found no wrongdoing". Mr. Moyer has been with the company for 14 years and has been the overall head of security since 2018. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is responsible for "strategic management of corporate and retail security, crisis management, executive protection, investigations and Apple new product secrecy."

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Mr. Moyer's attorney Ed Swanson said he "did nothing wrong and acted with the utmost integrity throughout his career". He added that the case was the result of a "long, bitter and very public argument between the Santa Clara County Sheriff and the district attorney and that Tom is collateral damage to the dispute."

District Attorney Jeff Rosen has charged a number of people on charges that they used gun licenses to raise funds for Sheriff Laurie Smith's re-election in 2018. The licenses are required for anyone who wants to carry a gun in public without revealing it. They are issued in California by local sheriff's offices, which have significant discretion over who should receive them.

Mr Sung was also accused of promising $ 6,000 worth of luxury box seats for the San Jose Sharks hockey arena in exchange for obtaining another gun license to Harpreet Chadha, a local insurance broker.