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Apple safety chief accused of bribing officers with iPads in trade for hid gun permits

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A grand jury in Santa Clara, Calif., On Monday brought charges against Apple's chief security officer, Thomas Moyer, of offering bribes to secure concealed carry permits for Apple employees.

According to a press release from Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Moyer has allegedly pledged to donate 200 iPads worth $ 70,000 to the Sheriff's Office in order to obtain four concealed weapon permits (CCW) that "Withheld from Apple employees".

"Tom Moyer is innocent of the charges brought against him. He has done nothing wrong and has acted with the highest integrity throughout his career. We have no doubt he will be acquitted in court," Moyer's attorney Ed Swanson said in a statement to CNBC .

"We expect all of our employees to behave with integrity. After we learned of the allegations, we conducted a thorough internal investigation and found no wrongdoing," an Apple spokesman said in a statement.

The charges, filed Monday, are part of a 2019 investigation into whether the Santa Clara sheriff used covert carry permits to obtain bribes and political donations. The sheriff's office is located in Cupertino, California where Apple's headquarters are located. Moyer has worked at Apple for 14 years and is now head of global security, his attorney said Monday.

The Santa Clara District Attorney said that while state law states that individuals who are granted concealed carry permits in California must show "good reason", complete a firearms course and be of good moral character, the sheriff has the final say on the matter Determining who should qualify.

"Ultimately, this case is a long, bitter, and very public argument between the Santa Clara County Sheriff and the District Attorney, and Tom is collateral damage to this dispute," Swanson said in a statement on behalf of Moyer.

The Santa Clara prosecutor alleges that officers at the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office, Undersheriff Rick Sung and Capt. James Jensen, were part of a program seeking bribes to facilitate concealed carry permits. A political-affiliated insurance broker in San Jose was accused of offering bribes in exchange on Monday.

In 2020, an NBC Bay Area investigation found that donors to the Santa Clara Sheriff's political campaigns were approximately 14 times more likely to receive covert gun permits than those who did not contribute. Sheriff Laurie Smith was not charged. Previously, in August, four people were charged with conspiracy and bribery as a result of the investigation.

The promised donation of the iPads was never fulfilled, according to Santa Clara DA, as it was sunk after a search warrant for hidden carrying documents was issued in the sheriff's office in August 2019.

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