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Tuesday, 24 November 2020 12:05

iPads for gun permits: Apple global security chief indicted in bribery case

iPads for gun permits: Apple global security chief indicted in bribery case Image by William Iven from Pixabay

The head of global security at Apple and two top officials from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and a local business owner have been accused in a grand jury indictment of exchanging bribes for concealed gun permits, the Morgan Hll Times, a newspaper in California, has reported.

The charges, against Apple chief security officer Thomas Moyer, insurance broker Harpreet Chadha, under-sheriff Rick Sung and captain James Jensen were announced by district attorney Jeff Rosen at a media briefing on Monday.

The indictment accused Sung of retaining four concealed carry weapons permits for Apple's security team until the company bowed to the demand to donate 200 iPads, worth about US$75,000 (A$102,738) to the sheriff's office.

Rosen said the donation was withdrawn "at the 11th hour" when search warrants were issued for the probe in Augsut last year.

Sung also got a promise from Chadha that US$6000 worth of luxury box suites would be provided at an ice hockey game involving tha San Jose Sharks on Valentine's Day in 2019, before giving Chadha a concealed carry weapons permit.

Sung, Jensen, Moyer and Chadha will be arraigned on 11 January 2021 at the San Jose Hall of Justice. If convicted, they could be jailed.

Lawyers for Moyer and Chadha said their clients were innocent, and collateral damage in a tussle between Rosen and the Sheriff, Laurie Smith.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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