Thomas Moyer, the head of global security at Apple was indicted by a grand jury on charges of bribing Santa Clara County officials with Apple iPads in order to obtain Concealed Carry Weapon permits.
The information has been provided via press release from the Santa Clara County DA’s office, alleging that Moyer agreed to trade a total of 200 iPads with a combined value of $70,000 USD with Santa Clara’s Captain James Jensen and Undersheriff Rick Sung in order to get 4 CCW permits for Apple employees. The indictment also lists a local insurance broker.
According to Attorney General Jeff Rosen per the release: “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,” Rosen continued. “Undersheriff Sung and Captain Jensen treated CCW licenses as commodities and found willing buyers. Bribe seekers should be reported to the District Attorney’s Office, not rewarded with compliance.” The charges were reportedly filed after a 2-year investigation.
Rosen’s office has made it clear that the reason why the iPads weren’t delivered is because both Moyer and Sung found out in August of 2019 that a search warrant for the CCW licensing records was being executed by the DA. The normal process of gaining a a CCW license was outlined in the release: “The various fees required to obtain a CCW license generally total between $200 and $400. Under state law, it is a crime to carry a concealed firearm without a CCW license. Although state law requires that the applicant demonstrate “good cause” for the license, in addition to completing a firearms course and having good moral character, the sheriff has broad discretion in determining who should qualify.”
Moyer’s lawyer stated that the Apple security head was “collateral damage” in a dispute between the DA and Sherriff’s offices. The arraignment is scheduled for January 11th, 2021.
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