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Apple manager charged in kickback scheme stashed $150K in shoe boxes

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Paul Devine, the Apple supply manager charged with accepting kickbacks from overseas partners, allegedly had more than $150,000 in cash stashed in shoe boxes in his home when it was raided by federal agents.

Federal prosecutors in the case against Devine revealed the massive horde of cash in court this week, according to IDG News Service. Devine also reportedly had an additional $20,000 in foreign currency, and prosecutors said it's possible that the man has other hidden money.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd said that Devine must transfer the unknown sum of cash he has in foreign bank accounts and post it, plus $600,000 in bail, before he can be released from prison. Department of Justice Attorney Michelle Kane would only say that the investigation had found "a significant number of overseas accounts and a significant amount of money," but did not give an exact sum.

The judge determined that Devine represents a potential flight risk if he is let out on bail before the foreign funds have been moved into the U.S.

Earlier this month, Devine, 37, was arrested and charged with wire fraud, kickbacks and money laundering. Prosecutors have alleged that the Apple global supply manager used his security clearance to provide confidential information to the hardware maker's suppliers. Apple's partners then allegedly used the information to negotiate favorable contracts with Apple, and, the prosecution says, paid kickbacks to Devine.

Devine is accused of accepting more than a million dollars from Asian suppliers. He pleaded not guilty to charges last week. He has also been charged with a civil suit by Apple.

Devine's lawyer reportedly said his client may not be able to transfer all of his money into the U.S. because of the logistics of foreign fund transfers. Devine must also allow the authorities to inspect two safety deposit boxes that he holds, and he and his wife must surrender their passports to the court.

Devine's arrest has sent shockwaves through Apple's overseas suppliers, as Pegatron last week suspended an executive that was linked to the kickback scheme. Though Pegatron was allegedly not involved in the scam, it had since acquired Kaedar Electronics, which, Pegatron admitted, paid a brokerage commission to an intermediate trading company -- not an individual -- between 2005 and 2008. Kaedar has supplied iPod packing boxes to Apple since 2005.

Officials with another overseas, supplier, Cresyn, said their company met with Devine in 2006, and said the Apple supply manager offered consulting services to aid in negotiations with Apple. Cresyn has said it believes it made a "legal contract" with Devine, in which it paid a consulting fee in exchange for "general information about U.S. markets." Cresyn has supplied the ear buds that ship with Apple's line of iPods.
post #2 of 19
uh oh... it's getting a little hot under the collar.

Sounds like a total flight risk. Overseas accounts, cash stashed in boxes. He was preparing for a quick and quiet getaway at a moments' notice. Unfortunately for him, the feds beat him to it.

I'm curious to read about additional details on this guy's activities as they are revealed.
post #3 of 19
Usually, midlevel Apple managers don't make such a splash. Whoever replaces this guy will have mighty big shoeboxes to fill.
post #4 of 19
lol shoe boxes.
post #5 of 19
those better be Nike + Shoe Boxes....
post #6 of 19
$150k in a shoe box - who doesn't have that!!!
post #7 of 19
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$150k in a shoe box - who doesn't have that!!!

I've got $1.50 and a pair of dirty, stinky socks .... does that count?
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post #8 of 19
I can't wait for this to be made into a Made for TV movie... I gladly pay .99 for that on iTunes! haha
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I've got $1.50 and a pair of dirty, stinky socks .... does that count?

You're hiding $1.50 in a shoebox, right, I'm calling the IRS (or the Canadian equivalent)!!!
post #10 of 19
He was probably just doing business according to normal Asian standards.
Apple may have trouble getting parts on time, if the suppliers can't pay these "consulting" fees.
post #11 of 19
He can turn over a new leaf after he's released from prison.
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You're hiding $1.50 in a shoebox, right, I'm calling the IRS (or the Canadian equivalent)!!!

not hiding it from can. gov. .... hiding it from my wife. Down there it's called IRS up here, according to her .... it's called HERS.
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not hiding it from can. gov. .... hiding it from my wife. Down there it's called IRS up here, according to her .... it's called HERS.

+1
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not hiding it from can. gov. .... hiding it from my wife. Down there it's called IRS up here, according to her .... it's called HERS.

That's put a big smile on my face on an otherwise shitty day.
post #15 of 19
I bet he has an MBA.

I've never met any MBA in Silicon Valley with any ethics.

I'm sure there are good people out there with an MBA, I certainly haven't met one yet.
post #16 of 19
One is led to ask why he didn't do the smart thing and stuff it in his freezer?
post #17 of 19
How many shoes does this guy have?
--SHEFFmachine out
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post #18 of 19
What a coincidence, last month Apple had all of their employees review the Apple Code of Conduct Policy.

Devine isn't the only unethical employee at Apple.
post #19 of 19
Coming to the Hallmark Channel this fall

"the Shoebox millionaire, a tale of a bad Apple"
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