County undersheriff pleads not guilty in pay-to-play scheme

Rick Sung, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office second-in-command, and Capt. James Jensen pleaded not guilty Monday to charges related to an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving the exchange of concealed firearm licenses for Apple iPads and San Jose Sharks hockey tickets.

Rick Sung

Both men formerly worked within the Sheriff’s Office West Valley Patrol division, which serves Los Altos Hills. They both face charges of bribery by an executive officer, a felony. 

Co-defendants Harpreet Chadha, an insurance broker, and Thomas Moyer, Apple’s chief security officer, also entered not guilty pleas to felony charges of bribing an executive officer.

According to a grand jury indictment, Sung gave licenses to Chadha, who provided Sheriff Laurie Smith and her family access to Chadha’s San Jose Sharks box so they could celebrate Smith’s re-election. The indictment also alleges Sung and Jensen planned to give Moyer licenses in exchange for iPads, but that deal fell through.

Smith has not been charged in relation to the case.

Eric Geffon, the judge presiding over Monday’s hearing, denied defense attorneys’ motion to keep the grand jury transcript sealed from the public.

A hearing to set a trial date is scheduled 1:35 p.m. Feb. 10.


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