Apple’s Chief Security Officer, Thomas Moyer, and several other individuals have been indicted by a Santa Clara County grand jury with two counts of bribery to obtain concealed weapon permits.
According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Moyer and insurance broker Harpreet Chadha are accused of offering bribes to Santa Clara Undersheriff Rick Sung and Captain James Jensen to receive concealed firearm (CCW) permits.
The indictments are the result of a two-year investigation by the DA’s office that found that Undersheriff Sing held off issuing CCW permits until he received “something of value.”
“Undersheriff Sung and Captain Jensen treated CCW licenses as commodities and found willing buyers,” said District Attorney Jeff Rosen. “Bribe seekers should be reported to the District Attorney’s Office, not rewarded with compliance.”
Undersheriff Sung and Captain Jensen reportedly withheld four separate firearms permits from Apple employees until Moyer promised that Apple would donate 200 iPads, worth about $70,000, to the Sheriff’s Office. The deal was scrapped at the last minute when Sung and Moyer learned that the District Attorney executed a search warrant seizing CCW records from the sheriff’s office.
Undersheriff Sung also received from insurance broker Chada a “promise of $6,000 worth of luxury box seat tickets to a San Jose Sharks hockey game.”
Moyer is responsible for the “strategic management of Apple’s corporate and retail security, crisis management, executive protection, investigations and new product secrecy,” (from his LinkedIn page). Moyer previously served as an associate at a law firm and as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy.
“We expect all of our employees to conduct themselves with integrity. After learning of the allegations, we conducted a thorough internal investigation and found no wrongdoing,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC.
The four defendants will be arraigned on Jan. 11, 2021, at the Hall of Justice in San Jose, California. If they are convicted, they could serve prison time.