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  • Embattled Apple Manager Agrees to Safeguard Secrets



    Does the name Paul Devine sound familiar? A few weeks ago, our Paul covered the antics of that Paul - a mid-level Apple manager who was arrested and charged in federal court with selling company secrets to more than half a dozen suppliers in Asia. Devine, "Apple's iPod Senior Operations Manager," was named in a 23-count federal grand jury indictment for wire fraud, money laundering and kickbacks, along with Andrew Ang, an employee at an Apple supplier in Singapore. Apple is also suing Devine, saying he accepted more than $1 million US in "payments, kickbacks and bribes" over several years.

    In case you missed it, over the weekend Bloomberg offered a follow up to the Devine saga. It turns out that the embattled Apple manager has agreed to a court order protecting Apple’s trade secrets in any document exchange during pretrial negotiations." In other words, Devine gave a thumbs up to procedures about how the data will be handled during pretrial bargaining, "without giving up his right to challenge how such information may be used at trial." Bloomberg discovered the new details through court documents related to the case.

    Upon his August arrest, Devine pleaded not guilty. Nonetheless, the ongoing case, lingering accusations, and brewing suspicions among those at Apple and its overseas suppliers indicate the fallout from the Devine case will be significant and potentially change the way business is done (or monitored) on the part of Apple. After all, Cresyn, which supplies earbuds for Apple's iPods, said it made "legal contract" with Devine, who was paid a "consulting fee" in return for "general information."

    Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Embattled Apple Manager Agrees to Safeguard Secrets started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Put him in jail lol.
    1. takenlife's Avatar
      takenlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      Put him in jail lol.
      I agree. People that play treason against your fine work for other black market cloned items are simply unacceptable.
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      I got confused in the first sentence. Remember Paul? Our Paul covered that paul. Yet for the rest of the article comes to me as a shocker. Great post!
    1. thacarta1's Avatar
      thacarta1 -
      2 pauls 1 apple
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      I got confused in the first sentence. Remember Paul? Our Paul covered that paul. Yet for the rest of the article comes to me as a shocker. Great post!
      I believe he was referring to an article Paul Daniel Ash (I think that's his name...) had written for MMI.
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      I saw "Top Secret" and thought this article was a Verizon iPhone rumor, lol! It's a new week and we're about due aren't we?
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      whatever, apple charges an arm and a leg for headphones so why not rip them off too..
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      I got confused in the first sentence. Remember Paul? Our Paul covered that paul. Yet for the rest of the article comes to me as a shocker. Great post!
      Modmyi has a staff member named Paul. Who wrote an article on a staff member apple once HAD named Paul which is the one who was arrested for selling secrets about apple products.
    1. JimJam707's Avatar
      JimJam707 -
      He should go into prison. Then jailbreak.
    1. ABXantos's Avatar
      ABXantos -
      Quote Originally Posted by JimJam707 View Post
      He should go into prison. Then jailbreak.
      Run Jailbreakme.com and he's good to go.
    1. Drizzy_Dizzy's Avatar
      Drizzy_Dizzy -
      Lets Throw iPhones At Him LoL
    1. Andre8521's Avatar
      Andre8521 -
      Throw 4.0.2 iPhones at him- since it wont relatively be a waste?
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      This will change the case in his favor, wouldn't be surprised if he gets off light with the punishment,
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      LOL. thats jokes guys. 4.0.2