Apple Is Ticked.
Well, the source behind a few of the recent Apple iPhone leaks may have just been arrested. Mercury News reports that Paul Devine, a global supply manager, accepted over $1 million in kickbacks from a variety of Asian iPhone and iPod accessory suppliers. He is being subjected to a federal indictment as well as a civil suit from Apple themselves.
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Wire fraud, money-laundering & accepting kickbacks are all listed as parts of the 23-count indictment. Devine gave suppliers inside info that allowed them to better predict Apple's needs and costs and, in doing so, gave them an excellent bargaining position. Apple has issued a statement on the matter;
"Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business. We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company."
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It's not known whether or not Devine's leaks were responsible for any of the recent iPhone 4 leaks. Hopefully, that information will come out during the court case.