Apple’s secret police have discovered that a senior executive was filing secrets to East Asia and after questioning in Room 101 have dragged him to court to confess.
Paul Shin Devine, a global supply manager at technology company Apple since 2005, has been charged in California with taking kickbacks he received after leaking corporate secrets to Asian companies that supplied iPhone and iPod accessories.
His name was given to the federal authorities by Jobs’ Mob who is also suing him for receiving more than $1 million in payments and bribes over several years.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, he is supposed to have taken bribes from six Asian companies. It did not say who but said they were located in South Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore. Devine was charged in a federal grand jury indictment last week with 23 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and accepting kickbacks.
Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told the Mercury News that Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business. He said Apple has zero tolerance for dishonest behaviour inside or outside the company.
Well, unless you are Steve Jobs driving around without licence plates and parking in disabled carparks.
The court documents claim that Devine allegedly used his position at Apple to obtain confidential information that he shared with Apple suppliers to help them negotiate favourable contracts with the company.In return they paid him cash which he shared with a bloke called Andrew Ang of Singapore. Ang was charged with three counts of wire fraud and conspiracy.