Judge dismisses charges against Apple chief accused of bribing police officers with iPads


A California court has dismissed bribery charges against Apple’s Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer. Reuters reports, who was accused of offering iPads as bribes to obtain concealed weapons licenses for Apple employees. Judge Eric S. Geffon dismissed arguments of corrupt intent as “pure speculation” that were “not supported by the evidence presented to the grand jury.”

Moyer was charged last November with bribing Santa Clara County officials by offering to donate 200 iPads to two officers in the sheriff’s office after a meeting in 2019. Moyer had indeed made the offer, but evidence suggests that he believed the permits had already been approved this time Judge Geffon wrote. This, coupled with the fact that Moyer followed Apple’s rules about donations and donated the iPads to the Sheriff’s Office rather than to the officers themselves, was seen as further evidence against his corrupt intent.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Apple halted plans to donate the computers to the Sheriff’s Office after media reports of the incident.

In a statement reported by ReutersMoyer thanked the court for its decision. “I would also like to thank Apple, my friends and family for their continued support,” he added. Last November, Apple told Ars Technica that an internal investigation had found no wrongdoing. Moyer has reportedly been with Apple for about 15 years and has been the head of global security since November 2018.

Despite the bribery charges being dismissed, Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen said prosecutors believed Moyer was “justly charged… with bribery.” Rosen said they “stand behind the grand jury’s decision and are evaluating our options.”