Apple says its chief security officer did not engage in concealed carry corruption, contrary to what the DA's charge sheet indicates. Thomas Moyer was implicated in the CCW licensing scandal after allegedly donating 200 iPads valued at $70,000 to Sheriff Laurie Smith's office in exchange for concealed carry permits. The CCW permits were for Apple security officers tasked with protecting the tech giant's top executives.
The decision to charge Moyer was arrived at during a grand jury session that reviewed evidence from a 2-year-long investigation. However, Moyer's lawyer Ed Swanson says his client observed the highest level of integrity while dealing with Sheriff Smith's office. He added that Moyer was a "collateral damage" in the public dispute between the DA and Sheriff Smith's office.
"He did nothing wrong and has acted with the highest integrity throughout his career," Swanson's statement read. "We have no doubt he will be acquitted at trial."
The tech colossus gave Moyer a clean bill of health after what it called a "thorough internal investigation" and finding no incriminating evidence against its top security chief.
"We expect all of our employees to conduct themselves with integrity," an Apple's statement read. "After learning of the allegations, we conducted a thorough internal investigation and found no wrongdoing."
Moyer's alleged involvement in the scandal was unearthed when officials at Sheriff Smith's office learned of an ongoing investigation in 2019 and squeaked.
Five suspects, including the second-in-command, Undersheriff Rick Sung, and Capt James Jensen, were indicted on corruption charges involving concealed carry corruption. Others include AS Solution CEO Christian West, Martin Nielsen, and Jack Stromgren, who pleaded guilty for reduced prison sentences of up to 18 months.
Despite Apple's claims, it is unlikely that the grand jury didn't find strong evidence to charge Moyer for his involvement in the alleged scandal. Initially, authorities refused to acknowledge corruption in the firearms licensing process until the evidence was overwhelming. Gun rights groups had complained for years about the alleged pay for play illegal dealings in Santa Clara County.
Apple will do everything it can to fight the charges to avoid a bigger scandal if Moyer's prosecution incriminates higher-ranking executives at Apple. Similarly, it would be very embarrassing if Moyer was convicted and the court found that the illegal permits were used to protect Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has openly spoken in favor of gun control.
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