News Tech: Aug 22 (Reuters) – A former Apple Inc (AAPL.O) engineer on Monday pleaded guilty to trade secret theft – one of two people accused of stealing trade secrets from the iPhone maker’s nascent self-driving car program.
He was arrested at the San Jose airport after he passed through a security checkpoint.
U.S. federal prosecutors have alleged that Xiaolang Zhang downloaded the plan for a circuit board for Apple’s self-driving after disclosing his intentions to work for a Chinese self-driving car startup and booking a last-minute flight to China.
Zhang initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but according to court documents on Monday, he had reached a plea deal with prosecutors and changed his plea to guilty. The plea deal is sealed and sentencing is set for November.
Source: Reuters Trust Principles.