Friday, January 12, 2007

Jobs: Options Grants Cleared By Apple But Not The US Fed

January 12, 2007

U.S. Scrutinizes Grant to Jobs
Focus in Apple Case Is Cast on the Roles Of 3 Ex-Officials
By STEVE STECKLOW and NICK WINGFIELD January 12, 2007; Wall Street Journal

Federal authorities are actively investigating a backdated stock-option grant awarded to Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.'s chief executive, that carried a false October 2001 date, people familiar with the matter say.
Apple recently disclosed that records were "improperly" created to claim that the grant was approved at a special board meeting that month. But no board meeting took place then.
Investigators are now focusing on the grant to Mr. Jobs for 7.5 million options that were finalized in December 2001, when Apple's share price was higher. The false dating increased the value of the grant to Mr. Jobs, and resulted in a retroactive $20 million charge to Apple's earnings when it was discovered by a special internal investigation.
People familiar with the matter say the false documentation was created by an Apple attorney named Wendy Howell, whom the company quietly dismissed last month. Ms. Howell contends that Apple's general counsel at the time, Nancy Heinen, instructed her to create the false documentation, these people say. Thomas Carlucci, Ms. Howell's attorney, said that while at Apple "Ms. Howell acted as instructed by Apple management and with the company's best interest being paramount."...read more: here

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