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Accused Apple manager could be forced to return $1M in kickbacks

Sam Abuelsamid

Back in August we learned of the arrest of Paul Shin Devine on charges of taking over $1 million in kickbacks from Apple suppliers. Since that time, prosecutors have been following the money trail and have now asked U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose, California to order the forfeiture of US$1 million in cash and assets. The government has frozen $950,000 in cash from six different bank accounts belonging to Devine.

Devine was a global supply manager for Apple until his arrest and was accused of providing confidential information to suppliers before they negotiated contracts with the company. Prosecutors are still hanging on to Devine's computers as part of the investigation of the case. The indictment of Devine included 23 charges of wire fraud, wire-fraud conspiracy, and money laundering, each of which carries a potential 20 year prison sentence with a conviction. Devine has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and is currently out on bail.

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