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Ex-Apple worker charged with stealing tech for Chinese company

The suspect allegedly sought employment at rival self-driving start-up

A former Apple employee allegedly downloaded a secret blueprint related to a self-driving car to a personal laptop.   © Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters)  -- U.S. authorities on Monday charged a former Apple Inc employee with theft of trade secrets, alleging that the person downloaded a secret blueprint related to a self-driving car to a personal laptop and later trying to flee the country, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

The complaint said that the former employee, Xiaolang Zhang, disclosed intentions to work for a Chinese self-driving car startup and booked a last-minute flight to China after downloading the plan for a circuit board for the self-driving car. Authorities arrested Zhang on July 7 at the San Jose airport after he passed through a security checkpoint.

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