Apple’s head of security indicted in concealed weapons permit scheme

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office formally announced Monday morning indictments against the county’s undersheriff and Apple’s security chief as part of its ongoing investigation into a concealed weapons permit scheme.


Apple’s head of security indicted in concealed carry caseDA Jeff Rosen announced the charges against Undersheriff Rick Sung and Thomas Moyer, the head of Global Security at Apple.

According to Rosen, Sung held back issuing concealed weapons permits to Apple’s security team, until Moyer agreed to donate $70,000 worth of iPads to the sheriff’s office.

Rosen says the donation was pulled back once the DA’s office issued search warrants into the case.

Sheriff’s Captain James Jensen has also been charged with felony bribery by the grand jury.

MacDailyNews Note: The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office issued a statement regarding the indictments:

The Morgan Hill Times:

At a press conference today, District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced the charges against Apple’s Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer, insurance broker Harpreet Chadha, Undersheriff Rick Sung and Capt. James Jensen…

[Moyer] and other defendants should not have accepted the offered bribes, but should have reported Sung and Jensen to the DA’s office, Rosen added.

Attorneys… maintain[ed] their clients’ innocence, saying they were collateral damage in an ongoing political rivalry between Rosen and Sheriff Smith.

“Tom Moyer is innocent of the charges filed against him,” hi[s] attorney Ed Swanson said. “He did nothing wrong and has acted with the highest integrity throughout his career. We have no doubt that he will be acquitted at trial.”

Sheriff Laurie Smith, who has the authority to issue CCW permits, has not been charged with a crime.

MacDailyNews Take: Guess carrying a green squirt gun didn’t cut it for Apple’s head of Global Security. Likely he thinks that pretending things don’t exist like a three-year-old doesn’t actually erase them from reality.

Wherever the laws stipulate that “permits” are required, the potential for corruption by the permit issuers is increased. When the issuer is “the government,” it creates an impedance to reporting abusers for fear of retaliation. To whom do you report attempted bribery when it’s the police doing the extorting and you have no idea how far the corruption goes with “the government?”

If Sung et al. held back issuing concealed weapons permits in order to extort goods, services, etc., they should be charged with the maximum penalties possible, but Moyer and others, who were simply trying to achieve California “permits” just to be able to perform their jobs are largely the victims here, not the criminals.


  1. I was a prosecutor for 30 years, and I can assure you that almost every time, both the party who solicits the bribe and the party who pays it will be charged. The Apple guy had plenty of options besides facilitating the commission of a criminal offense. Call the Sheriff or DA, perhaps?

    1. Yes, call the Sheriff when the Undersheriff and Captain are extorting you. That’s a great plan, genius prosecutor. And, after you’ve been extorted by the sheriff’s dept., how do you know the DA isn’t crooked, too?

      1. At the very least Moyer could have talked to Apple’s crack legal team.(Yes, most of you know how little I think of Apple’s legal team, but I’m quite certaineven Apple’s legal team would have loudly screamed, “Don’t do it. Don’t even think about doing it.”) Just going with it and agreeing to give the bribe was stupid in the extreme. Tim should show this guy the door for being so stupid.

      2. Agreed and appreciate the common sense ground reality you described in this situation.

        I don’t believe TxPhony was a prosecutor for 30 seconds! We all know he is a LIAR claiming to be a conservative Republican and all his supporters here from the far left know it.

        Betrayed by his own words daily post after post. Not one word of praise in four years for the president or his economic polices.

        Specifically and brief resume, lowest unemployment numbers in 50 years before Covid, all time record employment numbers for minorities and women and millions out of poverty. Don waved the “magic wand” and clueless Barrack, reduced to excuses.

        In short, TxPhony is a dishonest elitist and has not learned Democrat dogma, political correctness and party talking points — are NOT reality…

  2. Or you could move to Oklahoma where they wouldn’t need any other “government” to issue them anything. The Constitution gives us the right to bear arms here all security needs to do is get the employer’s (and possibly landlords) permission.

    1. Interesting that you guys, of all people, are taking as gospel a New York Times story leaked from Dianne Feinstein’s office that provides no details on Apple’s actual objections to the bill. You do not usually regard those as reliable sources.

    2. Apple has worked harder than any other company of which I am aware to improve the lot of Chinese factory workers. Apple has fought to increase wages and to strengthen and enforce labor protection rules. Apple has done this completely voluntarily, even though it has raised costs to Apple.

      Now the Government of the United States wants to make American companies, including Apple, legally responsible for the labor practices of suppliers and assemblers in another country – specifically, China. China is not a democratic country with an open government and independent legal system. So why would our government expect U.S. companies to succeed where it has failed? More importantly, why does our government believe that it has the RIGHT to hold our companies legally responsible for success in ENFORCING human rights in China. This is an objective in which our government has abjectly failed for decades.

      The answer appeared to be that, rather than governing in a manner which would promote the growth of manufacturing within the U.S., our government has decided to use large American companies as scapegoats. By threatening these companies with legal liabilities, they hope to scare them into repatriating jobs. However, the underlying economics that have driven American manufacturing overseas has not changed. Until those issues are addressed, legal threats will do little to change the status quo. I wonder if these proposed laws are even Constitutional…

      To preempt those who will undoubtedly attack me on this forum, I firmly believe in the goal of promoting human rights across the globe. I also believe that companies like Apple can play a role in improving labor conditions in other countries. But the U.S. government should not be allowed to legally offload responsibility for its own human rights failures onto the backs of U.S. companies.

      1. Yes, Apple has worked toward improving labor conditions in Communist China for years. That said, Apple has little control and it remains to be seen if comparable minimum USA labor standards are implemented in China.

        “More importantly, why does our government believe that it has the RIGHT to hold our companies legally responsible for success in ENFORCING human rights in China.”

        I have not seen your claim elsewhere and certainly companies have no control over foreign governments.

        Not too long ago, Democrat “government” administrations rightly held foreign countries accountable for human rights violations and advised against doing business in rouge nations. Today? Just ask Tim Cook he values profits over human rights. Well, at least in China and that is classic hypocrisy.

        “This is an objective in which our government has abjectly failed for decades.”


        “I firmly believe in the goal of promoting human rights across the globe. I also believe that companies like Apple can play a role in improving labor conditions in other countries.”

        Again, agreed.

        Sad reality as we all know is companies have no control over changing other nations government policies. As it should be, respect sovereign nations status.

        That said, mouth lofty platitudes in the media but Apple is powerless to persuade change.

        The power Apple does have is reverse the MISTAKE of exporting U.S. jobs taking advantage of the worst trade bill in history (NAFTA) passed by President Clinton.

        That would be gradually pulling out of Communist China 100% in coming years.

        USA! USA! USA! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  3. So….how did the D.A.’s office find out about this?
    And why does Apple’s security need weapons in California of all places??
    Also, how exactly does the Head of Global Security just grab $70k worth of inventory???

    1. Of course, that’s what Cook believes. He’s a “progressive” liberal. He believes there are laws for him and his ilk and then there are laws for everyone else. “Do as I say, not as I do” is the Dem/Lib/Prog mantra.

    1. Yes, the two different standards for guns seems contradictory except when one considers that guns are essential in Capitalist international wars and to protect domestic Capitalist products but mostly useless to promote social justice values where Progressive laws and only sometimes guns are appropriate.

      1. “Yes, the two different standards for guns seems contradictory”

        Seems? No, definitely contradictory.

        “guns are essential in Capitalist international wars”

        Guns are essential in all wars and NOT limited to capitalist nations, please spare us the liberal implications.

        “mostly useless to promote social justice values”

        Explain how exactly how guns are supposed to promote social justice values?

        Apple green squirt gun emoji certainly does not work. But empowering law abiding citizens in the roughest areas of our country certainly will empower people.

        “where Progressive laws and only sometimes guns are appropriate.”

        What liberal gobbledegook, nothing more.

        Although you may hate it LArt, the Second Amendment guarantees citizens the right to bear arms. I do not travel without my concealed Glock an exercise in free constitutional expression. Try it sometime…

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