Six former HTC executives could be jailed for up to 10 years for allegedly leaking company secrets, among other offences.
Prosecutors claimed to The Wall Street Journal that the Taiwanese company’s ex-vice president of design Thomas Chien and five other former employees took 33.57m New Taiwan dollars (£680,478) for falsifying their expenses and kickbacks from suppliers.
Chien is charged with allegedly leaking an unreleased smartphone interface design, while the group are accused of using the information to form their own company.
The accusations date back to August when the former employees were questioned by police and had their offices searched.
In a statement, HTC said: “The company expects employees to observe and practise the highest levels of integrity and ethics.
“Protecting the company’s proprietary and intellectual properties, privacy and security is a core fundamental responsibility of every employee. The company does not condone any violation.