The same were allegedly about to wait out their mid-year bonuses and call it quits, having already incorporated their own design company in China. As if leaking sensitive HTC intellectual property wasn't enough, the above trio was also allegedly scammed their employer out of close to a million dollars through faux contracts. These transgressions were not left unnoticed, and formal indictments have now been put into motion, threatening to incarcerate Chien and company for up to 10 years.
An unsavory business, no doubt, yet there's no denying that some of the charged had key positions within HTC. In fact, Justin Huang is said to be the very person that first sketched the initial design for the masterpiece that is the HTC One. Considering the handset maker's poor financial performance as of late, this is likely to serve as a considerable blow for the company, undermining its efforts to bounce back.