Sep 04 AT 9:42 AM Nick Gray 8 Comments

HTC design team allegedly conspired with Chinese government to steal cash, secrets from HTC


Thomas Chien, Wu Chien-hung and Justin Huang were arrested last week, accused of fraud and stealing company secrets. Since then, new details have come to light implicating China’s Chengdu city government as part of a larger conspiracy. Prosecutors in the case have revealed that the Chengdu city government approached the three ex-members of HTC’s design team and promised to help with set-up, operation and marketing costs of a mobile design company in Chengdu as long as they were able to extract company secrets and cash before leaving HTC.

While HTC claims that Thomas Chien accessed and emailed details of the company’s Sense 6 software to external sources, prosecutors do not know if the files were sent to anyone from the Chengdu city government.

When the story originally broke, the three suspects were accused of fraudulently billing HTC for $334,000 through an external design firm for work on the HTC One. That number has now doubled to $668,300. Court documents from the first hearing show that most of the money has been recuperated, with $262,100 in cash taken from Thomas Chien’s Audi which was still parked at HTC headquarters.

With prosecutors implicating the Chengdu city government in this case, we’re sure there will be a lot more dirt to dig up on this case.

Via: Reuters

Source: Apple Daily

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Tim Anderson

    Wow, I’m glad my country doesn’t do anything that unscrupulous…. Oh wait, they spy on us…. NVM.

  • Jess Blanchard

    Man’s got balls the size of mountains, apparently.

    • Jess Blanchard

      His Audi has a side car, just for his balls.

  • Hom0ncruse

    final nail in the coffin for HTC

    • Rix

      I don’t think so but it seems like I read more bad news than good for HTC.

  • donger

    Tsk tsk.