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Apple Manager Arrested In Kickback Scheme 218

pickens writes "A midlevel Apple manager was arrested Friday and accused of accepting more than $1 million in kickbacks from half a dozen Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories in a federal indictment unsealed and a separate civil suit. Paul Shin Devine, a global supply manager, and Andrew Ang, of Singapore, were named in a 23-count federal grand jury indictment for wire fraud, money laundering and kickbacks. 'Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business,' Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said in a statement. 'We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company.' The alleged scheme used an elaborate chain of US and foreign bank accounts and one front company to receive payments, the indictment said, and code words like 'sample' were used to refer to the payments so that Apple co-workers wouldn't become suspicious."
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Apple Manager Arrested In Kickback Scheme

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 14, 2010 @10:55PM (#33254534)

    slave labor, destroying the environment, etc...

  • The Good News (Score:5, Informative)

    by bacon volcano ( 1260566 ) on Saturday August 14, 2010 @10:55PM (#33254536)
    Looks like a Global Supply Manager position just became available! []
  • by omar.sahal ( 687649 ) on Saturday August 14, 2010 @10:56PM (#33254542) Homepage Journal

    The indictment describes a scheme in which Devine used his position at Apple to obtain confidential information, which he transmitted to Apple suppliers, including Ang. In return, the suppliers and manufacturers paid Devine kickbacks, which he shared with Ang. The information enabled the suppliers to negotiate favorable contracts with Apple, according to the indictment.

    In case you wanted to know what the scam was, and not read the article.

  • by WindBourne ( 631190 ) on Saturday August 14, 2010 @11:55PM (#33254810) Journal
    Hmmm. Apple charges top dollars and nobody gripes. Kind of kills your theory. The simple fact is, that every company who has moved their production from USA, EU, and Japan to China have taken a major hit in quality and ppl are tired of it.

    And when I shop, I do look at where it is made at. I have no real issue paying 10-20, even 100% more for better quality products.
  • by CRCulver ( 715279 ) <> on Sunday August 15, 2010 @12:02AM (#33254852) Homepage

    If Americans were willing to work cheaper (and were actually allowed to), we might get some jobs coming back. Instead, we get labor unions that argue for high wages and benefits at the cost of actual jobs.

    The Nordic countries are passionate about unions, with something like 80% of workers belonging to one (versus 7-12% for American private sector workers), and yet their unemployment figures haven't suffered. Blaming unions is the easy thing to do, but examine the chronology and you'll find that offshoring really took off long after the American labor movement ran out of steam.

  • by CRCulver ( 715279 ) <> on Sunday August 15, 2010 @12:46AM (#33255006) Homepage

    I have a problem with unions requiring a certain minimum salary, paid vacations, and other amenities that only serve to cost the employers money without increasing productivity.

    Again, that's what you get in the Nordic countries, and it doesn't seem to have much of an effect on employment figures.

    In fact, the first item, minimum wages, falls entirely to collective bargaining between unions and industries, at least here in Finland. There is no government-mandated minimum wage. Result? Even the most lowly of cleaners make around $10/hour, with slightly higher wages for night shifts and double pay for Sundays.

    No one forces you to join unions here, or participate in strikes. The union's got your back even if you don't want to pay dues (which are minimal), but of course you do miss out in voicing your concerns in collective bargaining if you don't join.

    The second item, paid vacations, have little to do with unions in most of the developed world because it is mandated by law. Unions might be responsible for the extra 10 days at some places around here, but almost a month of paid leave is universal across the European Union.

    Strange that you think leisure time doesn't increase employee productivity. Exhausted employees don't work as effectively as content ones.

  • Re:Not with Apple (Score:0, Informative)

    by Starfleet Command ( 936772 ) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @02:53AM (#33255472)
    Have YOU ever met a cop? I am a retired Police Officer my friend and we investigated EVERY complaint, no matter how big of small.
  • Re:Not with Apple (Score:1, Informative)

    by Starfleet Command ( 936772 ) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @05:01AM (#33255812)
    Ahhh, now your statement makes sense. "foolish pride" eh? Sounds like you may be a hater to begin with. ACTUAL police work is nothing like TV. There is more to solving crimes than throwing around some fingerprint dust. Certain surfaces do not lend themselves to dusting, perhaps your residence was one such as this, I don't know. And I can not speak to individual agencies. What I will say is the blanket statement in here are immature and and are, at best, inaccurate. Don't know where you are from, but in my home state, police followup of reported crimes is mandated in the State code. As for that pride, most every officer I know takes pride in being a professional and not letting the shit heads get the better of them. If they came to your house and did not dust, there was a reason. I had an approx 60% clearance rate on investigations and an approx 98% conviction rate on charges I placed, so yes, I took pride in that. took pride in the fact he citizens of my community were getting their money's worth. I know there are some POS cops out there, just like there are POS fireman, bankers, milk men, whatever. Before I became a police officer I got a ticket (well deserved) from a State Trooper in VA and he was a real jerk. Talked to me like a dog. Later I found out he was equally unpopular with the other Troopers and that he was just a dick all around. Didn't skew my veiw of the Troopers in VA though, just because I encountered an ass. Some people just don't take the job seriously, or see it as something it is not (TV). Most of the cops out there are decent hard working men and women who want to put in a good days work for their community. Try getting to know some, might change you perspective a bit
  • Re:Not with Apple (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 15, 2010 @05:31AM (#33255918)

    We're talking about the organization that got the SWAT team to take back a stolen iPhone...

    Except that never actually happened. It was just another invention of the intarweb disinformationists.

    What specifically do you claim didn't happen? That the task force didn't break into his house? That Apple wasn't involved with the task force and case? ...[citations needed]

  • by Teun ( 17872 ) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @10:28AM (#33256694) Homepage
    Closed shop is unheard of in Europe.

    There is a constitutional guaranteed freedom to unionise and that freedom would be defective if anyone was forced to join.

    At the moment The Netherlands and Denmark have the lowest unemployment rates in the EU at below 5% and at the same time their unionisation is only about 25% in The Netherlands but 75% in Denmark.

    (Northern) Europeans treat unions with respect and expect the unions to be responsible.

    (That's maybe why the UK is generally not considered part of this elusive Northern Europe :) )

  • by Jackie_Chan_Fan ( 730745 ) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @04:16PM (#33258358)

    Apple is more well known for being a group of assholes being lead by a super dick.

  • by sznupi ( 719324 ) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @10:58PM (#33260418) Homepage

    Nokia actually owns the facilities manufacturing their phones. By far most of dozen of them not in China, half of them in the EU, one even quite close to Cupertino.

  • Re:Not with Apple (Score:3, Informative)

    by UnknowingFool ( 672806 ) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @11:33PM (#33260614)

    From my recollection of the events from Gizmodo [], the police, with a search warrant, came in and confiscated items on the search warrant. In the report from the Gizmodo editor, no mention of SWAT was mentioned. But please don't let facts get in your way. After a raid with SWAT sounds much more sensational.

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