Apple Manager Accused Of Accepting Kickbacks

An Apple sales manager has been accused of taking kickbacks from Asian hardware suppliers.

Paul Devine is alleged to have received the kickbacks in exchange for providing confidential internal information to the Asian suppliers, allowing them to secure contracts with Apple.

Devine has been accused by US Federal authorities for wire fraud and money laundering and has also been served with a lawsuit by Apple.

Devine, who was responsible for procuring parts for iPhone and iPod headsets, is said to have given Apple's internal price targets and other sensitive information to Asian suppliers in exchange for money.

According to US Federal authorities, Devine had set-up a company in California and opened up bank accounts in his wife's name in order to launder the money he received in kickbacks.

An Apple spokesperson said in a statement to The Financial Times that “Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business. We have zero tolerance for dishonest behaviour inside or outside the company.”