United States charges top Chinese cellphone maker Huawei with conspiracy, money laundering

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US charges Huawei with stealing trade secrets and violating sanctions

Among the accusations, prosecutors say Huawei stole trade secrets, including the technology behind a robotic device that T-Mobile used to test smartphones.

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.

Meng has said that she is innocent and Huawei did not respond to requests for comment on the charges announced Monday. "As a country we have to carefully consider the risks a company like Huawei will impose on our national security", he said.

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. Ltd., to bypass sanctions placed against Iran.

"Huawei claimed Skycom was a separate company and not an affiliate and asserted all its business was in compliance with USA sanctions", Whitaker said.

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The charges, contained in two newly unsealed indictments, allege that Huawei misrepresented its ownership of a Hong Kong-based subsidiary to circumvent American sanctions against Iran.

The officials provided details from a 10-count grand jury indictment in Seattle, and a separate 13-count case from prosecutors in the Eastern District of NY. Meng is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracies to commit bank and wire fraud.

According to the indictment, Huawei relied on its global banking relationships to process U.S. -dollar transactions through the U.S. One bank cleared more than $100 million between 2010 and 2014, according to the indictment.

Meng, the company's chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on December 1. Huawei USA and its parent company are also charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou - who is also the daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei - was arrested in Canada in December at Washington's request, and is now fighting extradition to the United States.

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the Trump administration is cracking down on those who violate trade sanctions.

The Justice Department views Meng's criminal case as separate from the trade issues.

Rick Fisher, a China military expert and senior fellow with the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said the indictments are a "milestone" in the USA defense against China's espionage campaign.

U.S. authorities accuse her of playing a lead role in the scheme to use subsidiaries to conduct business in Iran in violation of United States sanctions against Tehran.

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