U.S. charges Chinese telecom giant Hauweiwith fraud, sanctions violations; violations go 'all the way to the top'
WASHINGTON– U.S. authorities revealed Monday that they had filed 13 felony chargesagainst a Chinese telecom giant and one of its top executives, who has beendetained in Canada, a move almost certain to raise tensions between Washingtonand Beijing.
ActingAttorney General Matthew Whitaker said the misconduct goes "all the way tothe top of the company."
Meng,who is being detained by Canadian authorities in Vancouver, is charged withbank fraud, wire fraud and related conspiracy counts.
Lastmonth, China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadianentrepreneur Michael Spavor in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada torelease Meng, who was arrested at the request of U.S. authorities.
Meng isthe daughter of Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei.