Apple security chief maintains innocence after bribery charges

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Apple headquarters is in Cupertino, California.
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A grand jury in Santa Clara County, California, indicted Thomas Muir, Apple’s head of global security, for bribery. Muir is accused of providing 200 iPads to the Santa County Sheriff’s Office in exchange for concealed carry passes for four Apple employees.

Muir’s attorney says he has done nothing wrong, especially as Apple stands behind its CEO.

“We expect all of our employees to act with integrity. After we became aware of the allegations, we conducted a thorough internal investigation and found no wrongdoing,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement.

Charges are also brought against two officials of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Laurie Smith. These officials are accused of soliciting the alleged bribery.

California law gives the sheriff wide discretion to determine who gets permits to carry concealed weapons in the state. Smith has previously faced accusations that her office intentionally denied permits to carry concealed weapons until applicants provided services to Smith. a June investigation By NBC Bay Area found that Smith’s re-election campaign donors were 14 times more likely to have hidden pregnancy passes than those who did not donate.

a Press release From Smith’s office described the indictments as “a difficult time for our organization.”

Jeff Rosen, the Santa Clara County Attorney in charge of the indictments, said the donation of 200 iPads was foiled at the last minute after Rosen obtained a search warrant in the case.

According to LinkedIn, Moyer is responsible for “the strategic management of Apple’s corporate security, retail, crisis management, operational protection, investigations, and new product confidentiality.”

While two people in Sheriff Smith’s office have been charged, no charges have been brought against Smith herself. Rosen says the investigation is continuing. One public prosecution strategy is to focus on lower-ranking employees first in order to pressure them to provide evidence against their boss.

Others also face bribery charges

On the same day Muir was indicted, Rosen also indicted an insurance broker, Harpreet Chadha, who also sought a concealed pregnancy permit from the Santa Clara sheriff’s office. Chadha is accused of providing Smith with tickets worth $ 6,000 to a luxury box suite at a San Jose Sharks Games.

“Sheriff Lori Smith’s family and some of her biggest supporters celebrated her re-election as mayor in the Shatha wing,” Rosen said.

Shahatha’s lawyer described the indictment as “a gross failure to apply justice.”

In August, roses Four people were charged Another bribery scheme includes the Santa Clara County Mayor’s office. The alleged plot included a trade in donations to holders of hidden pregnancy permits. One of the defendants, James Jensen, was a sheriff who was also indicted in an indictment last week against Apple’s Moyer.

The August indictment focused on trying to obtain concealed carry permits for a company that provided security to Facebook executives.

One of the defendants wrote to a lawyer accused in the case: “I want you to meet my friend who runs Facebook’s enforcement team. It’s a potential $ 50,000.”

Then the conspirators allegedly met in San Jose Jamba Juice and allegedly struck a deal where the mayor’s office supplies 10 to 12 concealed carry permits in exchange for campaign contributions of $ 90,000.

All defendants could serve a prison sentence if convicted.

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