Apple has ‘deep concerns’ that the ex-employee accused of theft will have to flee to China

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – Apple Inc on Monday said a federal court has “grave concerns” that the two Chinese-born ex-employees accused of stealing trade secrets from the company and will attempt to flee before their trials, and if the locations were not monitored.

FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc. the logo can be seen hanging at the entrance of the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar

At a hearing in the U.s. District Court for the Northern District of California, the plaintiffs argued that the Xiaolang, Zhang and Jizhong Chen should continue to be monitored because they present a flight risk.

Federal prosecutors alleged Zhang was working at the Apple’s secret self-driving car program, and the names of the files in connection with the project prior to the public disclosure of which he went to work for a Chinese competitor. The federal agents were arrested Before, last year at the San Jose airport, as he boarded a flight to China.

Prosecutors allege Chen took Apple more than 2,000 files in the “service manuals, schematics, diagrams, and pictures of the computer screens to show pages in the company’s confidential databases,” with the intent to share them. Agents arrested him in January on a train, on my way to San Francisco International Airport for a trip to China.

The men were each charged with one count of criminal trade secrets theft, and pleaded not guilty. They were released on bail shortly after their arrest, and have been monitored ever since.

Attorney, Daniel Olmos, who represents the men, said on Monday that the two families had a reason to visit China, and had shown no signs of breaking out of their pre-trial conditions there.

Assistant to the public Prosecutor of the s. S. and Marissa Harris said that if a man made his way to China, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for the federal government officials in order to secure their extradition for trial. Three employees of Apple, was in court to support the prosecuting attorney’s office, including that of Anthony DeMario, is a strategic advisor to Apple’s global security group and is a veteran of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

Harris, read the company’s statement to the U. S. District court Judge Edward J. Davila in San Jose, California, usa.

“Apple’s intellectual property is at the heart of innovation and growth,” the statement said. “The defendants’ continued participation in this process, it is necessary in order to make a final determination of the facts, and we have a deep respect for the accused, it will not, if given the chance.

Zhan was about to listen through an interpreter, and was dressed in a light blue dress shirt, black jeans, and Nike sneakers. Olmos told the Story of GPS-monitoring was not required in order to be safe, Zhang’s appearance in the process.

“This is not an espionage case,” Olmos said. The government will not request the detention, but they are asking essentially for an unspecified period of time location and monitoring”.

Harris said Zhang’s wife, told the federal agents that Zhang, who is a permanent U.S. resident, attempted to flee to Canada when the cops searched his house.

During the search, agents found a laptop computer at the bottom of the laundry hamper which they are incorporated is a supplier of Ethernet-the technology of Zhang’s former employer, the chip vendor Marvell Technology Group Ltd., according to court documents.

Chen, a U.S. citizen who emigrated from China in 1991, I listened to the proceedings through an interpreter, and was wearing a dark blue hoodie. He is a radio-frequency monitoring, and that it is not as accurate as GPS tracking.


The plaintiffs allege that Chen was a flight risk, in part because they found the documents of a number of other former employers, including General Electric Co. and Raytheon Co. – on Chen’s second home, in Maryland, where his wife and son to live in. Prosecutors said in the court papers, it has been found in 2011 in a document by Raytheon, that they are later determined, it was classified as “confidential” is the lowest level of sensitivity in the U.S. government.

“This is a document that contains information relating to Raytheon’s work on the Patriot Missile program, and that it was not (and is not) permitted to be maintained outside of the Department of Defense secure facilities,” prosecutors wrote.

Olmos, the lawyer, said that it is not a file, but only on paper “sitting in a box somewhere” in Chen’s home.

Trial dates have not been scheduled. A public hearing has been scheduled for the month of February.

Report by Stephen Nellis in San Jose; Editing by Leslie Adler and Cynthia Osterman

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