UPDATE 1-Apple manager charged in US with taking kickbacks

* He is also charged with wire fraud and money laundering

* Apple filed separate civil suit against him
(Updates throughout with details from indictment)

By Lisa Shumaker

CHICAGO, Aug 14 (BestGrowthStock) – A manager at Apple Inc (Read more about Apple stock future.) (AAPL.O: )
has been charged in California with taking kickbacks he
received after leaking corporate secrets to Asian companies
that supplied iPhone and iPod accessories, court documents
showed.

Paul Shin Devine, a global supply manager at technology
company Apple since 2005, was accused by federal authorities of
accepting kickbacks from six Asian companies. Authorities did
not name the companies but said they were located in South
Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore.

Devine, 37, also faces a civil suit filed by Cupertino,
California-based Apple, which accused him of receiving more
than $1 million in payments and bribes over several years, the
San Jose Mercury News reported.

Devine appeared in court on Friday in San Jose but no bail
was set, according to court documents. He is scheduled to
return to court on Monday.

Devine was charged in a federal grand jury indictment on
Wednesday with 23 counts of wire fraud, money laundering,
conspiracy and accepting kickbacks, court documents showed.

“Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the
way we do business,” Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said in a
statement, according to the Mercury News. “We have zero
tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the
company.”

Devine allegedly used his position at Apple to obtain
confidential information that he shared with Apple suppliers to
help them negotiate favorable contracts with the company,
according to the indictment.

In return, the suppliers paid Devine kickbacks, which he
allegedly shared with Andrew Ang of Singapore. Ang was charged
with three counts of wire fraud and conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted jointly by the FBI and
Internal Revenue Service.

Apple and prosecutors were not immediately available to
comment on Saturday.

(Reporting by Lisa Shumaker; additional reporting by Jeremy
Pelofsky in Washington)

UPDATE 1-Apple manager charged in US with taking kickbacks