To serve and protect. A mantra for police officers and Apple employee’s alike. On Monday, Apple’s chief security officer was issued an indictment accusing him of offering bribes to secure concealed carry permits for Apple employees.
Thomas Moyer (Apple’s Chief Security Officer) allegedly promised to “donate” 200 iPads to the Sheriff’s Office in exchange for four concealed weapon permits. Based on the rules and regulations on how these permits are given out, it makes sense that the Sheriff’s office would be the recipient of the bribe because the Sheriff’s office has the last say in regards to whether or not you can get a permit, regardless of any formal testing.
According to Moyer’s lawyer, “Ultimately, this case is about a long, bitter and very public dispute between the Santa Clara County Sheriff and the District Attorney, and Tom is collateral damage to that dispute.” His lawyer is maintaining Thomas’s innocence and is shifting the attention on a much bigger case: The solicitation of bribes in exchange for an easier approval of concealed carry permits in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
An investigation from NBC Bay Area found this year that donors to the Santa Clara Sheriff’s political campaigns were about 14 times more likely to get a concealed carry weapons permit than those who didn’t donate. As Moyer’s lawyer said, it looks like there is something much bigger going on here. With this, Apple is standing behind their staff and feel certain that “he will be acquitted at trial.”
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