Apple’s head of global security, Thomas Moyer, was cleared of bribery charges for allegedly providing 200 iPads to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
Thomas Moyer and insurance broker Harpreet Chadha had been accused of offering bribes to Santa Clara Undersheriff Rick Sung and Captain James Jensen to receive permits for disguised firearms (so-called CCWs, weapons that apparently appear to be normal and harmless objects of use common). Applicants applying for a CCW permit in California must demonstrate “good cause” and have excellent moral characteristics, with local sheriffs having wide discretion in determining who obtains such permits.
In the case of four firearms permits denied to some Apple employees, Undersheriff Sung and Captain Jensen they could have persuaded Moyer to promise that Apple would donate 200 iPads, worth approximately $ 75,000, to the sheriff’s office. Sung and Moyer canceled the deal at the last minute after learning that the district attorney had executed a search warrant to seize CCW documents from the sheriff’s office.
The judge dismissed the charges stating that the donations offered by Moyer were the result of a misunderstanding. As stated in the ruling, when Moyer offered the iPads he was convinced that the CCW permits had already been issued. In practice, Apple’s head of global security did not know or understood that iPads were a requirement for issuing permits.
Moyer thanked the court for having “given this case such careful consideration and for allowing me to move on with my life“.