At least two Apple Inc. suppliers have made personnel moves connected to Apple allegations involving the sale of corporate secrets.
Chua Kim Guan, executive chairman of supplier JLJ Holdings Ltd., temporarily relinquished his duties last week, and Pegatron Corp. said it suspended a senior manager at subsidiary Kaedar Electronics (Kunshan) Co. Kaedar did not identify the manager.
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple alleges that its own global supply manager, Paul Shin Devine, sold corporate secrets to more than a half-dozen Apple suppliers in Asia. Singapore-based Jin Li Mould Manufacturing Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of JLJ Holdings, allegedly is one of those suppliers, along with Kaedar. Both Jin Li and Taiwan-based Kaedar are injection molders that supply plastic parts for products such as iPods.
Devine was indicted last week by a U.S. grand jury on 23 counts of money laundering, accepting kickbacks and wire fraud. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 16 in federal court in San Jose, Calif.
Also named in the indictment was Andrew Ang, a former Jin Li assistant general manager. Ang is Chua's brother-in-law.
In a separate, civil lawsuit, Apple is alleging that Devine accepted more than $1 million in payments and bribes.