A second case alleges the company stole technology from T Mobile used to test smart phone durability. They also claim the company and two affiliates committed bank fraud and violated sanctions when it carried out business with Iran.
Meng has said that she is innocent and Huawei did not respond to requests for comment on the charges announced Monday.
"As you can tell from the number and magnitude of the charges, Huawei and its senior executives repeatedly refused to respect USA law and standard global business practices", said FBI Director Chris Wray.
Whether Canada agrees to extradite Meng to the United States is not certain, and officials there will be paying close attention to trade talks for any indication that her detention is being used as a bargaining chip in the negotiations. It breaks down to 13 counts of financial fraud, Iran sanctions violations, and money laundering, and 10 counts of theft and charges stemming from that action. Huawei then blamed "rogue actors" within the company when T-Mobile threatened to sue, the US said.
"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", FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.
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FBI Director Christopher Wray said the Huawei cases, which were filed in NY and Washington state, "expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions, and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace". The criminal charges include wire fraud (seven counts), obstruction of justice, attempted theft of trade secrets, and conspiracy.
"For over a decade, Huawei employed a strategy of lies and deceit to conduct and grow its business". The charges relate to a criminal investigation that stemmed from a 2014 civil suit between the two companies.
The DOJ has accused Huawei and Meng, among others, of engaging in a "long-running scheme" meant to "deceive numerous global financial institutions and the USA government regarding" its involvement with Skycom, allegedly - and falsely, the DOJ says - claiming that Skycom wasn't its affiliate. Prosecutors are seeking Meng's extradition to the U.S. She was arrested in early December by Canadian authorities at the request of the U.S. government. Ltd, a company in Iran, in violation of US laws. Further, as part of an investigation in the Eastern District of New York, Huawei and its USA subsidiary are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.
I'd like to thank the many dedicated criminal investigators from several different federal agencies who contributed to this investigation and the Department of Justice attorneys who are moving the prosecution efforts forward.