Ex-Apple manager pleads not guilty in kickbacks

Paul Shin Devine says he did not engineer a multimillion-dollar bribe with suppliers of iPhone, iPod accessories

Published August 17, 2010 6:38PM (EDT)

A former Apple Inc. manager says he is not guilty of charges that he helped engineer a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme involving suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories.

Paul Shin Devine entered the plea in a San Jose federal court Monday after a grand jury indicted the 37-year-old Sunnyvale man last week on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy.

Authorities say Devine accepted more than $1 million in exchange for giving confidential information to Apple suppliers in Asia. Those suppliers allegedly used the information to negotiate favorable contracts with Cupertino-based Apple.

Authorities have not commented on the whereabouts of a Singapore resident named as a supplier in Devine's alleged scam.

A bail hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.


Information from: San Jose Mercury News, http://www.sjmercury.com

By Associated Press

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