Thomas Moyer is accused of offering bribes in the form of 200 iPads worth $ 70,000 (£ 52,501) to two police officers in California to obtain concealed firearms licenses last year.
The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office said a grand jury indicted the 50-year-old man and two officers from the sheriff’s office on Monday.
Rick Sung, 48, county deputy sheriff, and James Jensen, 43, sheriff captain, are accused of soliciting bribes for concealed firearms licenses.
Mr Moyer’s attorney, Ed Swanson, said he was innocent. Apple said he had conducted his own investigation and found no wrongdoing.
Mr Swanson said Mr Moyer had applied for weapons licenses from some Apple security personnel to protect executives and employees after shootings at other Silicon Valley tech companies, such as a incident in 2018 at YouTube headquarters.
“They went through the process like you’re supposed to,” he said, adding that the iPad donations were unrelated to permits.
“There was no bribe, no quid pro quo,” he said.
Under state law, carrying concealed firearms is illegal without a permit, known as CWW licenses.
The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office alleges that the two officers withheld from issuing concealed weapon licenses to Apple until Mr. Moyer agreed to donate to the sheriff’s office.
The “promised gift” was “scuttled at the eleventh hour” in August 2019, when MM. Sung and Moyer learned of the existence of a search warrant to seize the concealed firearms license files from the sheriff’s office, according to a statement from the district attorney’s office.
If found guilty, those charged face jail time.