Paul Devine, Apple’s Manager, alleged of accepting illicit payments worth $1million from Asian Suppliers did not confess guilty during a hearing in San Jose federal court on Monday and thus, has been put behind the bars, again.
On Friday, the Manager was arrested for selling the confidential information of the Company to a number of Asian hardware suppliers, as reported by the San Jose Mercury News, Softpedia. But, the suppliers have declined any such unlawful activity.
As per Apple’s suit, the Taiwan Company Kaedar Electronics, a part of Pegatron and Cresyn of South Korea made illegal payments to Mr. Devine for providing them Company’s secrets. According to Apple, Mr. Devine indulged in consulting services agreement with Cresyn, which carried instructions as to what information to steal. It would have benefitted Devine with a sum of $6,000.
Cresyn said in a statement, “An Apple manager offered to provide us with business consulting to help us advance into the US market. So we signed a normal consulting contract, which was not illegal”.
On the other hand, Pegatron confirmed its subsidiary being involved with Devine’s illegal activity and a Kaedar Manager was dismissed on account of the inquiry regarding the case.
Apple cited the wrongdoings of Devine through a mail in his laptop, which directed his benefactors to avoid wiring more than $10,000 at a time, which the culprit stated as samples, in the court’s hearing.
The amount of the kickbacks involved more than $500,000, which Devine kept in an account on the name of his wife. Prosecutors are not in favour of granting him a bail.