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A Chinese professor has been charged with fraud for allegedly taking technology from a California technology company to benefit the Chinese telecommunication company Huawei, Reuters reported.

The criminal complaint accuses Bo Mao of entering into an agreement with the unnamed California company to obtain a circuit board, saying it was for academic research. The complaint alleges that a Chinese telecom company -- identified by Reuters' sources as Huawei -- tried to steal this technology, and that Mao played a role in the alleged scheme.

Mao, an associate professor at Xiamen University in China and a visiting professor at an unnamed Texas university, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn Aug. 28 to a charge of conspiring to commit wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn declined Reuters request for comment, as did a lawyer for Mao.