A mid-level Apple manager has been accused of taking over $1m (£642,000) in kickbacks from Asian suppliers keen to learn the company's latest plans.
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, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.
The affidavit said that the men shared Apple's product plans with third-party suppliers in exchange for money, which was stashed in multiple bank accounts worldwide.
"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 behaviour inside or outside the company."
In a countermove Apple has sued Devine for "payments, kickbacks and bribes" amounting to over $1m over several years. Some of the money is reported to have been funnelled into accounts in his wife's name.
The Internal Revenue Service reports that Devine is currently in the custody of US marshals, awaiting a court appearance this Monday in the US Northern District Court in San Jose.
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