An ex-Apple supply manager has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy, revealing company’s secrets, and money laundering. First reported by 9to5Mac, Paul S. Devine admitted that he defrauded the company in February 2007, and also to taking payoffs from Apple suppliers in Singapore. He has also been ordered to pay more than $4.4 million in restitution in addition to the jail time. Also Read - iPhone 11 selling with more than Rs 8,000 discount in India, but for a limited period
Devine of Sunnyvale became the global supply manager at Apple in 2005. He continued his role until August 2010 when he was terminated. The U.S. District Court in San Jose found Devine guilty of defrauding Apple of money and property as well as company’s “right to his honest services”, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haig. Also Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformation
Earlier Divine was also accused of attempting to hide millions of dollars he had obtained from wires including a shell corporation, CPK Engineering. “Devine directed suppliers and manufacturers to pay kickbacks via wire transfer to a bank account in his wife’s name,” and he also took money from an Asian supplier while traveling to Asia on Apple’s behalf, the indictment said. Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
At this point it isn’t clear why the fine rose to more than $4.4 million when Apple was originally hoping to recover $1 million from Devine. Among other things that aren’t clear include the 1-year jail time, which was originally supposed to be 20 years, and why the jury took three years to reach the decision.