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Apple's PR department has had to work overtime lately, first to provide damage control for the iPhone 4 debacle, and now to distance itself from a former manager who has just been indicted by a federal grand jury for a number of alleged illegal behavior.
Specifically, Paul Shin Devine of Sunnyvale, California, was arrested and charged with fraud, money laundering, and taking kickbacks, according to a report in The New York Times.
"Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business," a company spokesman said in a statement (try not to chuckle). "We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company."
Authorities have accused Devine of pocketing more than $1 million in exchange for giving confidential information to Apple suppliers, who then used the intel to negotiate fat contracts with Apple.