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Ex Apple Supply Chain Manager Sentenced in Kickback Scheme

Ex Apple Supply Chain Manager Sentenced in Kickback Scheme

Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined $4.5 million for selling details of upcoming Apple products to Asian manufacturers.

Ex Apple Supply Chain Manager Sentenced in Kickback Scheme

AppleInsider:

Devine plead guilty to the crimes in 2011, but was only sentenced this week. He will begin serving his prison term — which will be followed by three years of supervised probation — on Feb. 19, 2015.

Devine was charged in 2010 on 23 counts, including wire fraud, kickbacks, and money laundering. Devine took advantage of his position as senior supply chain manager at Apple to pass information about upcoming products to Apple suppliers, who then used the information to leverage their negotiations with Apple. The companies paid kickbacks to Devine and Andrew Ang, his partner in Singapore.

Devine was ordered to forfeit $2.3 million in property and money, and the federal government also siezed $150,000 in cash from his home. He also gave up nearly $1 million from a number of bank accounts held in both his and his wife’s name.

The U.S Department of Justice reports that a Singaporean national named Chua Kim Guan has also been charged by Singapore courts with giving kickbacks to Devine

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