Ex-Apple employee charged with defrauding US$10 million

A former American employee of Apple is the subject of federal prosecution for defrauding the multinational of several million dollars over a decade, reported the television station CBS SF Bay Area.

Dhirendra Prasad was charged with five counts, including conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and two counts of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of fraud.

The 52-year-old also faces tax evasion and conspiracy charges for helping two salespeople, who were doing business with Apple, evade taxes.

The accused would have accepted bribes, stolen parts or even made Apple pay for items and services that were never received, according to prosecutors.

The losses suffered by Apple would therefore amount to more than US$10 million, according to a court document obtained by the American media.

A former buyer at the multinational from 2008 to 2018, the man is also targeted by a civil action to confiscate properties and financial accounts linked to the alleged crimes. Assets estimated at US$5 million have already been frozen.

Dhirendra Prasad is scheduled to appear in federal court in San Jose, California on Monday.

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