A group of former employees from HTC are in hot water after it has been speculated that the team have been leaking secrets from the mobile phone company.

Six Taiwanese people are in the frame, according to statements from the manufacturer, and it appears that HTC are more than annoyed about the situation.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a number of charges are being directed towards the former HTC workers including revealing company secrets, accepting kickbacks, and creating false expense reports.

One of the six is HTC's former vice president for product design Thomas Chien who is said to have received at least $1.1 million (about £668,00) in bribes and fake invoices. However, he could be paying out much more than that if the accusations are true.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office has also accused the team of attempting to leak designs for future interfaces, allegedly hoping to launch their own phone design company with the information.

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