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The Justice Department unsealed criminal charges Monday against Chinese tech giant Huawei, two of its subsidiaries and a top executive, who are accused of misleading banks about the company's business and violating US sanctions.
The company is also charged in a separate case with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, according to federal prosecutors.
Prosecutors - Company - Officer - Meng - Wanzhou
Prosecutors are seeking to extradite the company's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, and allege she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei's business dealings in Iran. She was arrested on December 1 in Canada.
The criminal charges in Brooklyn and Seattle come as trade talks between China and the US are scheduled for this week.
'As - High-level - Chinese - Law - Enforcement
'As I told high-level Chinese law enforcement officials in August_we need more law enforcement cooperation with China,' acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said at a news conference with other Cabinet officials, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
'China should be concerned about criminal activities by Chinese companies_and China should take action.'
Prosecutors - Huawei - Hong - Kong - Company
US prosecutors charge that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of US sanctions.
Huawei had done business in Iran through a Hong Kong company called Skycom and alleged that Meng misled US banks into believing the two companies were separate, according to the Justice Department.
Announcement - Monday - Jury - Indictment - Seattle
The announcement Monday includes a 10-count grand jury indictment in Seattle, and a separate 13-count case from prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York.
'As you can tell from the number and magnitude of the charges, Huawei and its senior executives repeatedly refused to respect U.S. law and standard international business practices,' said FBI Director Chris Wray.
Huawei - Spokesman - Phone - Messages - Comment
A Huawei spokesman did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.
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