Justice Department files charges against tech giant Huawei

Justice Department files charges against tech giant Huawei

Justice Department files charges against tech giant Huawei

Huawei didn't respond immediately to requests for comment on the allegations.

Meng, the company's chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on December 1.

The indictment alleges that beginning in 2007, Huawei falsely claimed that Skycom was not an affiliate, and denied operating in Iran or violating USA sanctions.

"[Huawei] willfully conducted millions of dollars in transactions that were in direct violation of the [sanctions]", Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in the press release.

The Justice Department also charged that when Huawei became aware of the US investigation in 2017, the company's American affiliate tried to obstruct that work by trying to move witnesses with knowledge about Huawei's Iran-based business back to China, where FBI agents could not interview them.

United States prosecutors filed a string of criminal charges yesterday against the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, deepening tensions between the two countries over the company's alleged espionage and sanctions-busting activities.

The CFO was released on bail December 11, 2018, and is due to return to court in Vancouver, Canada, on January 29.


This indictment shines a bright light on Huawei's flagrant abuse of the law - especially its efforts to steal valuable intellectual property from T-Mobile to gain unfair advantage in the global marketplace.

A 10-count indictment alleges Huawei stole trade secrets from T-Mobile beginning in 2012. Specifically, robotic technology that tests the durability of smartphones.

T-Mobile previously sued Huawei for stealing technology related to Tappy. When T-Mobile found out and threatened to sue, Huawei falsely said the theft was done by rogue actors within the company, according to the indictment. The Trump administration has pressured American technology companies to not use Huawei components, and have asked allied governments to do the same. We look forward to presenting the evidence of Huawei's crimes in a court of law, and proving our case beyond a reasonable doubt. They falsely claimed that Huawei had sold its interest in Skycom to an unrelated third party in 2007 and that Skycom was merely Huawei's local business partner in Iran.

Huawei also maintains that it was an isolated incident that involved two employees who acted inappropriately.

The company, Hayes said, also allegedly had a bonus program to reward worldwide employees who would steal confidential information from competitors. Huawei and Huawei USA are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice related to the grand jury investigation in the Eastern District of NY. The technology, called "Tappy", mimicked human fingers and was used to test smartphones in T-mobile's lab in the northwestern USA state of Washington.

The charges outlined Monday come at a sensitive diplomatic moment, as top officials from China are expected to arrive in Washington this week for two days of talks aimed at resolving a monthslong trade war between the world's two largest economies. She now is staying in one of her family's homes in Vancouver as she awaits a decision from a Canadian court on a United States extradition request.

FBI Director Wray said that "Huawei has repeatedly refused to respect United States law". "So that's why it creates the national-security implications that we're concerned about".

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