The United States just filed charges against a professor visiting the U.S. from China, and the case appears to be linked to telecom giant Huawei.
U.S. prosecutors have charged a Chinese professor with fraud for allegedly taking technology from a California company to benefit Huawei, in another shot at the embattled Chinese telecommunications equipment maker.
Bo Mao was arrested in Texas on Aug. 14 and released six days later on $100,000 bond after he consented to proceed with the case in New York, according to court documents.
According to the criminal complaint, Mao entered into an agreement with [an] unnamed California tech company to obtain its circuit board, claiming it was for academic research.
This allegedly happened while Mao was a visiting professor at a Texas university last fall. Mao is an associate professor at Xiamen University in China.
Beyond these accusations, the source of the charges and potential ties to another case are rather confusing, which Reuters spells out.
Huawei claims it is unfairly targeted
Huawei has had enough of what it feels is a targeted campaign by the U.S. government against the company.
Huawei recently went off, attacking critics including the United States. Here is a snippet of that post:
"The fact remains that none of Huawei's core technology has been the subject of any criminal case brought against the company, and none of the accusations levied by the US government have been supported with sufficient evidence. We strongly condemn the malign, concerted effort by the US government to discredit Huawei and curb its leadership position in the industry."