An Apple employee suspected of stealing trade secrets faces 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 after the company reportedly found their intellectual property on his personal hard drive.
Jizhong Chen is the second Chinese national working on their autonomous project to be accused of the crime in six months, after Xiaolang Zhang was arrested by FBI last July.
Now electrical engineer Chen is in hot water after Apple Global Security allegedly discovered ‘over two thousand files containing confidential and proprietary Apple material, including manuals, schematics, and diagrams’ about Project Titan.
Approximately one hundred photographs taken from within the California Apple building and containing information on the driverless car project were allegedly stored on his computer.
Employees said he allowed them to search his device after a fellow worker caught Chen taking pictures in an area that was deemed sensitive, NBC Bay Area reported.
The publication’s investigative unit said materials found included an ‘assembly drawing of an Apple-designed wiring harness for an autonomous vehicle’.
Screen images – including some from his own device – that contained sensitive company information were allegedly discovered.
Chen – part of a 1,200 core team – also recently applied for a job with a competitor the Cupertino company claimed in the complaint.
He joined Apple in June 2018 and was put on a performance improvement plan in December. It’s believed he was stealing information up until last month.
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