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The Apple supply manager accused of taking bribes in exchange for approving suppliers for iPhone and iPod headphone parts should pay back the $1m he is alleged to have pocketed for dodgy dealing. This is according to the prosecution, which asked the court to seize $950,000 from Paul Devine. Apple lawyers even want to take away …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Bears, Woods...

    ...does any one in charge of any sort of purchasing NOT take bribes. Hey I've 6 mugs for a £25,000 system. Seems like a good deal to me, but then again, I'm bottom of the pecking order.

    1. thecakeis(not)alie

      You get mugs?

      I've totally swung purchasing descisions for largely similar quotes based on a light-up pen.

      Hmm...I need higher standards. Next time, I'm holding out for the mousepad!

    2. Gannon (J.) Dick
      Jobs Horns

      Me big bottom pecking order too

      "bad Appler" should be filtered through the Chamber of Commerce Happy Talk Exchange first. The source code was probably "worse Appler" or something similar.

      Sort of like parking in Adolf Hitler's spot at Party HQ. Hope this helps.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      No bribes here

      My wife's a purchasing manager and she's totally paranoid about accepting anything from anyone even vaguely related to whatever deal she's working on at the time (or even afterwards). This is because she's seen this kind of stuff come back to bite people later on. The only people who win in these cases are the lawyers!

  2. serviceWithASmile

    pay back 1 mil

    to Apple?

    It would only count as paying it *back* if the companies are going to get their bribe money refunded.

    Sounds like this could not have hurt Apples business, considering the products these companies produce as a result of this information.

    I wonder if he was selling the kind of hardware specs that devs would normally *expect* from a tech company and that Apple can't be arsed / don't want to provide?

    Of course he could be bent as a 9 bob note.

    Even so, I'm having difficulty figuring out why Apple think they are entitled to the bribe money that was paid to one of their employees to sell their secrets?

    Unless Apple are quite happy to sell the secrets for that price to others aswell...

    Yes I have an Apple, no I don't subscribe to the cult, shun the non beLIEver etc.

    1. Tom 13

      That's not the way it works here.

      Government gets the $1 mill from the bride taker, then shakes down the bribers for another, plus time in the pokey. Oh, and the taxpayer foots another half a mill for prosecution and court costs.

  3. Tom 35 Silver badge

    normal consultancy contract.

    Just because it's "normal" is not proof that your not bent.

    I've had to deal with some real crap, but it's ok because the IT manager got a new plasma TV.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Hold on

    I thought that is what procurement does for a living anyway...

    In fact I would not have expected anything less after paying it 100K USD around Cupertino, California. That is like, what? The supermarket bill and the fuel bill as well as the allowance for the homeless hostel over there, right?

  5. Pahhh

    Work for WallMart ....

    Try working for Walmart.

    If they as much as accept a beer from a supplier they will get sacked and the supplier will be dropped. Heaven forbid if they accept things like pens, mugs or baseball caps.....

  6. JaitcH
    Jobs Horns

    Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations

    This the perfect description for Devines former employer.

    Apple knowingly selling defective goods must fit in there somewhere.

  7. Russ Tarbox

    He should look on the bright side

    At least he won't look like a complete tw*t driving around in a Cayenne anymore.

  8. Lance 3

    This is Apple we're talking about

    AS they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

  9. DT

    tell me it aint so

    someone got bribed to include those ear-buds?

    Surely their **amazing** quality would merit the contract without any brown envelopes changing hand?


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