Apple’s security chief accused of offering bribe for concealed weapons licenses


Apple bribe included iPads for concealed weapon carry licenses.
The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office wanted iPads as a kickback to grant Apple’s security chief concealed weapons licenses.
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The Santa Clara County District Attorney accused Thomas Moyer, the head of global security for Apple, of bribery. Two officials at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office were also indicted and accused of soliciting the bribe.

The county employees supposedly wanted 200 iPads donated to the Sheriff’s Office in exchange for four licenses to carry concealed firearms.

Exchanging concealed firearms licenses for iPads

Undersheriff Rick Sung and Captain James Jensen stand accused of requesting bribes for the CCW licenses, according to a statement by the district attorney’s office.

“Undersheriff Sung and Cpt. Jensen managed to extract from Thomas Moyer a promise that Apple would donate iPads to the Sheriff’s Office,” notes the DA’s office. “The promised donation of 200 iPads worth close to $70,000 was scuttled at the eleventh hour just after August 2, 2019, when Sung and Moyer learned of the search warrant that the District Attorney’s Office executed at the Sheriff’s Office seizing all its CCW license records.”

It’s not known who Moyer was trying to get the CCW licenses for.

Sung and Jensen were also indicted for allegedly requiring Harpreet Chadha, a local businessman, to give them $6,000 worth of luxury box seat tickets to a San Jose Sharks hockey game in exchange for his concealed firearms license.

In California, fees to get a CCW license generally total between $200 and $400. Applicants must complete a firearms course, and convince their local sheriff that they have good cause to carry a concealed weapon.