Do you know Paul Shin Devine? We didn't either until this week. Paul is 37, is a global supply manager for Apple, lives in Sunnyvale, CA and apparently loves to accept kickbacks from Asian suppliers. So much, in fact, that in return, he would provide confidential information that allows those suppliers to negotiate more advantageous contracts with Apple. In the real world, those extracurricular activities are against the law and the FBI will arrest you for it. And that's exactly what happened.
More on this bad apple after the break.
Devine, and his alleged co-conspirator Andrew Ang of Singapore, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on 23 counts including wire fraud, money laundering and other charges. Devine is being held by the US Marshals Service.
Devine is accused of taking in over $1 million in kickbacks from suppliers in China, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea and then decided to open bank accounts in each of those countries under his wife's name to mask the bribes.
Apple's head of PR Steve Dowling said, "Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business... We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company." I guess the ethical standards don't apply to Foxconn.