Thomas Moyer, 50, who heads security for Jobs' Mob was indicted last week along with Undersheriff Rick Sung, District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Monday morning.
The charges follow a corruption probe engulfing the office of Sheriff Laurie Smith. So far six people have been indicted in an investigation alleging pay-to-play deals leveraging concealed-carry weapons permits for political and other favours.
The latest indictments are an offshoot of an investigation into the sheriff’s office’s alleged trading of the coveted permits for political donations supporting Smith’s 2018 re-election.
According to Mercury News, Rosen said “when high-ranking members of a law-enforcement agency are at the heart of a bribery scheme, it tarnishes the badge, the honor, and the reputations, and tragically the effectiveness of all law-enforcement agencies”.
Apparently the iPad donations were shelved once the original DA investigation into corruption allegations involving the gun permits began serving search warrants in August 2019.
Apple insists that Moyer has done nothing wrong and is backing its security chief to the hilt. It said it conducted its own internal investigation and found Moyer had done nothing wrong. So that should be the end of it we guess.
The argument was that Apple had a history of donating supplies to law enforcement, and there’s no connection between the donation and gun permits.
The new indictments were issued by a grand jury Thursday, after first convening in early November. Sung, Smith, Moyer, Jensen and Chadha were not called to testify to the latest jury.
Smith has long been criticized for her office’s discretion in issuing permits, and accused of favoritism toward prominent figures and campaign donors.
Campaign finance records show Moyer donated $1,000 to Smith’s 2018 campaign, and concealed weapons permit records show that in January 2019, four Apple executive security employees were issued permits. July testimony from a sheriff’s sergeant handling permit applications said he heard Sung mention meeting with Apple to arrange the donation of iPads to the agency’s West Valley division.
However, the DA complaint released Monday states that the iPad donation agreement occurred after February 2019. Other testimony, from the same sergeant, recalled how Sung ordered him to push through Chadha’s permit application while it was still pending fingerprint processing.