California County Sheriff’s Officials Investigated For Bribery Scheme With Apple Security Chief

(¬†Two sheriff’s office members as well as the global head of security for Apple have been indicted for an alleged bribery scheme regarding licenses for concealed weapons.

On Monday, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office in California said Captain James Jensen and Undersheriff Rick Sung “managed to extract” promises from the chief security officer of Apple, Thomas Moyer, that the company would provide iPads to the sheriff’s office in exchange for concealed firearms licenses that had been previously withheld from employees of Apple.

The two-year investigation conducted by the District Attorney revealed the sheriff’s office officials “held up” the licenses and refused to release them to the Apple employees until they got something in return.

Jeff Rosen, the District Attorney, said in a statement:

“Undersheriff Sung and Captain Jensen treated CCW licenses as commodities and found willing buyers. Bribe seekers should be reported to the District Attorney’s Office, not rewarded with compliance.”

In exchange for the concealed carry licenses, Moyer reportedly offered to “donate” hundreds of products from the company to the sheriff’s office. According to the DA statement:

“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.”

The allegations were labeled as “baseless” by Ed Swanson, who is the attorney representing Moyer. In a statement of his own, Swanson said:

“Tom is a hardworking, decent man with a long history of service to his community and his country. A U.S. Navy veteran who served his country during Desert Storm, Tom received a law degree and is a well-respected attorney. Tom has worked at Apple for 14 years, where he is now its head of Global Security.

“His entire professional career has been founded on the belief that a good leader models ethics and integrity, and he does not deserve to have his good name tarnished by these baseless changes.”

For its part, Apple said it investigated these allegations, and found no evidence of any wrongdoing. Josh Rosenstock, a spokesperson for the company, said in a statement:

“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 attorney for Sung, Chuck Smith, said they will fight the charges as well. He said:

“My client has been a dedicated public servant who has served his community with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. We believe he will be exonerated of all of these charges.”

And the sheriff’s office in Santa Clara County released its own statement, saying officers in the department are “held to the highest ethical and moral standards.

“This is a difficult time for our organization, however our goal remains to provide the highest level of public safety to the residents of Santa Clara County. The hundreds of men and women who represent the Sheriff’s Office will continue to serve our community with compassion, honesty and integrity.”