Midlevel Apple Exec Took $1,000,000 in Kickbacks

Paul Shin Devine, a global supply manager at Apple, has been arrested on suspicion of taking over a million dollars in kickbacks from six Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories, the Mercury News reports. Also named in the case is Andrew Ang of Singapore.

Devine is said to have used his position as a midlevel executive at Apple to gain access to confidential information. Devin would then sell this information on to Ang and other suppliers, allowing them to negotiate better contracts with Apple. Mercury News reports that the payments were received via numerous U.S. and foreign bank accounts and a front company, and shared with Ang.

The 37-year-old is being held by the U.S. Marshals Service and will appear in the U.S. Northern District Court in San Jose at 1:30 p.m. today.

An Apple spokesperson reaffirmed the Cupertino-based company's zero-tolerance policy for dishonest business practices.

"Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business," Apple's Steve Dowling said. "We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company."

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  • mykem
    The rapist cost of their computers is dishonest. The anti-competition clause that states that their OS can only be run on an Apple-made computer is dishonest. Their censoring of dissident comments on their web site is dishonest and unethical. Their singling out Adobe and shutting out Flash is dishonest. Their marketing giving the image that they own more than 4% of the market is dishonest. The perceived security of their OS is dishonest. The treatment of their employees at home and outsourced (Foxconn) is unethical. Steve Dowling is drinking some serious denial kool-aid, much like the typical Apple customer.
  • coopchennick
    a greedy guy at apple???
  • wmalinowski
    "An Apple spokesperson reaffirmed the Cupertino-based company's zero-tolerance policy for dishonest business practices."


    Like charging $99 for replacing ipod battery?!?!?!?
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  • jomofro39
    "Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business," Apple's Steve Dowling said. "We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company."
    He is lying wrong. The public's reception of his statement is dropping.
  • coopchennick
    a greedy guy at apple???
  • Trashit
    Whoa hey now, hold the phone there Steve. So you're saying that Apple's product pricing is just good ol' honest business and their EULA is perfectly ethical?! Sounds to me like this mid level CEO has earned his gold star, maybe even a promotion is in order? :P