Man Sues Apple Claiming the Mafia Threatened Him Through an iPod
A Missourian man, Gregory McKenna, is suing Apple with claims that two Apple-made iPods contained receivers that let the Italian mafia send him messages clearly threatening him. In addition to Apple, the suit names as defendants the St. Louis County Police Department, officers Charles Boschert and Kenneth Williams, unknown FBI agents, private investigator Timothy Bonine, and D’Angelo Automotive. The suit includes damages in the amount of 14.2 million US dollars.
McKenna says that the mafia wanted him to work as a fashion model for them at a modeling agency. He then called the police who, however, did nothing. This lead to "extortion threats, stalking, and attempted rapes" by the mafia.
The suit says that McKenna had bought an iPod Shuffle on February 2005 from Ebay. A month after McKenna discovered that Apple "manufactured it with an illegal receiver as the Mafia proceeded to transmit extortion threats and audible harassment to it".
On April 2006 McKenna opened a new iPod Mini package bought from a Californinan Apple Store. He discovered that the container included a similar illegal receiver.
McKenna had also hired a private investigator to search his house and car for illegal devices. McKenna says that the investigator found many listening devices, but when telling to the police, the investigator had said he found nothing.