Paul Shin Devine, who worked as a global supply manager at Apple took a sum of $1 million as bribe from about six Companies in Asia, which act as suppliers to the Silicon Valley Company. He was arrested this Friday for offenses that included wire scam, money laundering plus unlawful monetary dealings. He was charged in a federal grand jury indictment of many violations.
The name of Andrew Ang, an employee of one of Apple's suppliers, is also there in the indictment. In a civil suit filed Friday in U. S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., Apple named Devine, who is supposed to make a court appearance on Monday.
An Apple spokesman said, “Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business. It has zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside of the Company”.
The investigation was conducted jointly by Internal Revenue Service and the FBI, shared Arlette Lee, who is an agent for the Internal Revenue Service. The U. S. Marshals Service has kept Devine in an unknown location. Lee further added that Devine do not have an attorney so far. Both the U. S. Marshals Service and the FBI are not answering calls pertaining to the matter.
A cache of suspicious emails was found from Devine’s personal Hotmail and Gmail accounts in his laptop provided by the company. These e-mails contained discussions with suppliers in addition to acknowledgements of payments that were made.