US charges China's Huawei, top executive with bank fraud

Conservatives slam Liberals for handling of Meng Wanzhou case

Conservatives slam Liberals for handling of Meng Wanzhou case

The company is also charged with violating US sanctions on Iran and conspiring to obstruct justice related to the investigation. Federal prosecutors insist, however, that they are simply "law enforcement actions and are wholly separate" from the negotiations.

The U.S. Justice Department released a 13-count indictment against her, telecom giant Huawei, and two subsidiaries.

In addition, 10 United States federal charges were filed against two Huawei affiliates for stealing robot technology from T-Mobile.

"The charges unsealed today clearly allege that Huawei intentionally conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company in an attempt to undermine the free and fair global marketplace", said FBI Director Wray in a statement. Engadget has contacted Huawei for comment.

The charges add to pressure on Huawei - the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, which has always been seen as a front for spying by the Chinese military or security services - from the United States Government, which is trying to prevent American companies from buying Huawei routers and switches and is pressing allies to follow suit. Skycom was also charged. Huawei and Huawei USA are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.

The company and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, are also accused of defrauding a bank to get around U.S. economic sanctions on Iran.

The charges include bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Behaviors cited by prosecutors in the T-Mobile case indicate that offenses took place from 2012 to 2014, and that Huawei in July 2013 sent out an internal email that "was offering bonuses to employees who succeeded in stealing confidential information from other companies".

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 has always been considered a cybersecurity risk by USA authorities.

In the indictment filed in Seattle, the government alleged Huawei violated confidentiality agreements with T-mobile in an effort to build their own robot to test phones.

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