The Justice Department handed down two separate indictments on Monday, accusing China's Huawei Technologies Co. and one of its top execs of a wide array of crimes - including trade theft, wire fraud and violations of United States sanctions on Iran.
Prosecutors also allege that Huawei stole trade secrets, including the technology behind a robotic device T-Mobile used to test smartphones, prosecutors said. The charges filed Monday also mark an escalation of tensions between the world's two largest economies, which are mired in a trade war that has roiled markets.
In a 13-count indictment in Brooklyn, New York, the government alleged Huawei, two affiliated companies and its chief financial officer of fraud and conspiracy in connection with deals in Iran.
The top USA law enforcement officials, including acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, held a news conference in Washington to announce the charges. Engadget has contacted Huawei for comment.
According to the indictment, Meng in 2013 made a presentation to a bank executive in which she repeatedly lied about the relationship between Huawei and an Iranian company called Skycom. In addition, Huawei and Huawei USA are accused of conspiring to obstruct justice.
Meng Wanzhou has been officially charged two months after she was arrested at the Vancouver Airport.
Charges include bank and wire fraud, conspiracy and violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
The U.S.is asking that the Canadian authorities extradite Meng.
Meng's arrest nearly two months ago touched off an ongoing diplomatic furor that resulted Sunday in the firing of John McCallum as Canada's ambassador to China after he publicly expressed confidence in her ability to fight extradition to the United States. Huawei engineers allegedly violated confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements by taking pictures of Tappy, taking measurements of parts of the robot and stealing a piece of it.
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