Apple's Global Security Chief Indicted in Scheme to Trade iPads for Gun Permits, but Apple Says It's Found No Wrongdoing

Earlier this week, Apple's Chief Security Offier Thomas Moyer and others were charged in an expanding investigation involving the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office over exchanging bribes for concealed gun permits, reported the Morgan Hill Times.

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According to the investigation, Santa Clara County Undersheriff Rick Sung held back four concealed carry weapons permits for Apple's security team unless the company agreed to donate 200 iPads worth $75,000 to the Sheriff's Office. Rather than reporting the bribe request, Moyer was apparently set to facilitate the tech donation until the last moment when an investigation into the situation was started.

Attorneys for Moyer and [insurance broker Harpreet Chadha] maintain their clients’ innocence, saying they were collateral damage in an ongoing political rivalry between [District Attorney Jeff] Rosen and Sheriff [Laurie] Smith.

“Tom Moyer is innocent of the charges filed against him,” his attorney Ed Swanson said. “He did nothing wrong and has acted with the highest integrity throughout his career. We have no doubt that he will be acquitted at trial.”

Facebook has also been linked to the bribery scheme, with officials at AS Solution, the company that provides executive protection for Facebook, pleading guilty.

For Apple's part, the company is standing by Moyer, providing a statement to Ars Technica indicating that it has investigated the situation and "found no wrongdoing."

“We expect all of our employees to conduct themselves with integrity," an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. "After learning of the allegations, we conducted a thorough internal investigation and found no wrongdoing."

Moyer, Chadha, and the two officials from the Sheriff's Office are scheduled to be arraigned on January 11.

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Top Rated Comments

vicviper789 Avatar
8 weeks ago
Why does Apple get to have armed security? I thought guns were bwad though ?
Score: 50 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eso Avatar
8 weeks ago
California guns laws working as intended.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2010mini Avatar
8 weeks ago
Bribery for something you shouldn’t need a permit for. Right to bear arms..... not right to bear arms only if the government allows. Or if one bribes the government enough.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rooskibar03 Avatar
8 weeks ago
Ahh Leftist. Guns are bad for you, but not for us.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
centauratlas Avatar
8 weeks ago


The permit is not to bear arms. It’s to conceal arms.

California is not an open carry state so the only way to bear this type of arms is to concealed carry.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ouimetnick Avatar
8 weeks ago
Seems like Rick Sung is the bad guy here trying to extort $75k in iPads for folks wanting to exercise their 2nd amendment. Moyer shouldn’t have agreed to it though.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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