Apple security official indicted in concealed carry permit scheme
UPDATED 7:31AM PT – Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Northern California authorities named a top Apple official in a concealed carry permit scheme with a local sheriff’s department. On Monday, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office named Tom Moyer, head of Apple’s global security, as a contributor to the scheme.
Prosecutors said top sheriff’s officials threatened to withhold issuing concealed carry permits to Moyer’s security team. This came in exchange for $70,000 worth of iPads for the department. Many residents are wondering if the scheme goes all the way to Sheriff Laurie Smith.
“Given the fact that Laurie Smith, ultimately, is the person who has to sign off whether someone receives a conceal weapons permit, it would appear that she could be logically the next target,” said defense attorney Jaime Leanos. “She is the person who would have benefited from this scheme if they are actually making political contributions to her campaign.”
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The district attorney’s office has indicted seven people for their alleged participation in the scheme, including sheriff’s officials and small business owners. Moyer’s lawyers have denied the charges and said they are confident he will be acquitted.