U.S. officially files criminal charges against Huawei executive

Darryl Dyck  AP FILE

Darryl Dyck AP FILE

The indictment is available here and below.

In addition, the DOJ also announced a 10-count indictment against Huawei Device Co Ltd and Huawei Device Co USA over alleged trade secrets theft conspiracy, the attempted theft of trade secrets, obstruction of justice, and seven counts of wire fraud.

Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker led a news conference this afternoon, during which he explained that a grand jury in Seattle had indicted two affiliates of Huawei on 10 federal crimes related to accusations that Huawei stole technology from T-Mobile.

US Attorney Richard P. Donoghue for the Eastern District of NY said that the telecom firm's actions began in 2007 and "allowed Iran to evade sanctions imposed by the United States and to allow Huawei to profit". The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Huawei committed bank fraud and defrauded the U.S. government over its business with Iran.

The charges were announced just before a crucial two-day round of trade talks between the United States and China are scheduled to begin in Washington.

"Both sets of charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions, and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace", Wray said. Meng is free in Vancouver, staying at her $4.2 million mansion with Global Positioning System monitoring, after posting bail of $10 million as she fights extradition to the U.S.to face criminal charges.

Meng Wanzhou has been officially charged two months after she was arrested at the Vancouver Airport. US Commerce Sercetary Wilbur Ross insists the Huawei cases are "wholly separate" from trade negotiatons. President Donald Trump's own musings fuelled speculation that the US might be planning to use the case as leverage in its trade negotiations with China.

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David Martin, Meng's lawyer in Canada, didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

In a separate legal challenge, in Washington state, Huawei is accused of stealing trade secrets from T-mobile USA.

T-Mobile sued Huawei and its US -based unit, Huawei Device USA Inc., in 2014.

You may recall that Chinese telecom firm and Huawei rival ZTE illegally did business with Iran and meticulously covered it up. She is the CFO and deputy chairwoman of Huawei Technologies as well as the daughter of the company's founder, Ren Zhengfei.

Beginning in 2007, Huawei employees lied about the company's relationship to Iranian company Skycom, falsely claiming that it was not an affiliated with Huawei.

The U.S.is asking that the Canadian authorities extradite Meng.

Prosecutors accuse Huawei of a long-running scheme, which started in 2007, to deceive numerous global banks and the USA government regarding the company's business activities in Iran, a DOJ press release stated.

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