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By Bruce Sussman
Tue | Nov 24, 2020 | 3:00 AM PST

Do two wrongs make a right?

Newly revealed court documents show us the math on that idea still does not add up.

This case involves three players. Two of them are charged with being dirty cops who demanded bribes in certain situations.

The other person is Thomas Moyer, Apple's Global Head of Security and former Chief Compliance Officer. He is accused of going along with bribery demands made by the officers to get what he needed.

What did he need and how did the scheme work? Let's take a look.

Details: Dirty cops, Apple's security head charged in bribery scheme

Here is what we've learned about the case by reviewing a new indictment along with statements by the District Attorney in Santa Clara County, California.

Do guns equal security?

Apparently, when you're securing Apple, they do. Especially if the weapons can be carried out of sight.

According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney, four Apple employees were waiting in vain for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department to issue them concealed carry weapon (CCW) permits.

And it was a problem that Apple's Head of Security, Thomas Moyer, was trying to rectify. 

But prosecutors say he ran into two problems. According the indictment, those problems were Santa Clara County Undersheriff Rick Sung and Department Captain James Jensen.

They held the power to approve CCW permits. And they would do it, for a price.

District Attorney Jeff Rosen explains:

"Undersheriff Sung and Captain Jensen treated CCW licenses as commodities and found willing buyers."

And the District Attorney says one of those "willing buyers" was Apple's Security Chief, Tom Moyer. He's accused of bribery:

"In the case of four CCW licenses withheld from Apple employees, Undersheriff Sung and Cpt. Jensen managed to extract from Thomas Moyer a promise that Apple would donate iPads to the Sheriff's Office. The promised donation of 200 iPads worth close to $70,000..."

The deal was called off at the last minute, according to the DA, when the Undersheriff and Apple's Security Chief learned about a search warrant being served at the Sheriff's Office. Prosecutors seized all of the department's CCW documents.

What happens to Apple's Head of Security now?

Those shiny new iPads never made it to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. And as far as we know, the Apple employees never got their concealed carry permits.

But everyone involved in the scheme may be going to jail, including Apple's Global Head of Security:

"...a felony was committed by THOMAS MOYER, who did give and offer to an executive officer of the State of California a bribe, a promise of iPads to the Sheriff's Office...."

Moyer, and the others in the case, are scheduled to be arraigned in a San Jose courtroom on January 11, 2021.

According to the Grand Jury in this case, two wrongs still do not make a right.

[READ: Santa Clara Sheriff and Apple Security Bribery Indictment; scroll down to the second court record]

[READ: Santa Clara District Attorney Statement]

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