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Ex-Apple Manager Gets Jail Time for Selling Company Secrets

by Jacob Kleinman | December 8, 2014December 8, 2014 7:30 am PDT

The Apple Inc. logo hangs inside the newest Apple Store in New York City's Grand Central Station

More than four years after he was arrested for selling company secrets, former Apple exec Paul Shin Devine is headed to jail for a year. The iPod operations manager will also be forced to pay $4.5 million for taking bribes from Apple’s suppliers, who then used that information to secure better deals with the company.

Devine served as senior operations manager for the iPod lineup from 2005 to 2010, according to his LinkedIn profile. After admitting to wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges, he was finally sentenced last week in San Jose, CA. The former Apple exec actually got off pretty easy. He could have received up to 20 years in prison.

9to5Mac notes that it’s possible Devine’s sentence was shortened after he worked with Apple to track down the people that paid him for its secrets. Just last week, two supply managers were finally sentenced after being charged for bribing Devine back in 2013.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...