(SNews) – A whistleblower has alleged that a Michigan-based voting infrastructure firm gave U.S. election data to Communist China.
The new whistleblower complaint matches earlier allegations against the company, Konnech, and its CEO Eugene Yu.
Konnech is a software firm that provides logistics for poll stations at 32 locations across the U.S.
The whistleblower, Grant Bradley, a former employee at Konnech, also said in the complaint that the company’s “developers, designers, and coders are all Chinese nationals based out of Wuhan, China.”
The complaint was first disclosed by the Federalist on Friday.
It was filed in a Michigan court on December 22, records show.
Bradley claimed to witness information of poll watchers “being made accessible” to individuals in China but did not comprehend the extent of the data routed through China until True the Vote, an election integrity advocacy organization, lodged allegations in 2021.
Konnech illegally provided “Chinese programmers private data of poll workers, to include social security numbers and other personal identifying information,” the complaint says.
The firm originally employed the Chinese nationals, but Yu later claimed that public pressure to cut off ties with Beijing compelled him to fire the nationals, according to the complaint.
“However, internally, Defendant Yu had no intention of severing the relationship with the Chinese nationals,” the complaint says. Instead, Yu contracted with them for the same services they provided as full-time employees, it added.
After raising concerns with management, Bradley was told that “everyone,” referring to software companies like Microsoft and Apple, “was doing it,” the complaint says.
Authorities arrested Yu in Michigan on October 5 after True the Vote reported concerns about Yu and Konnech to the FBI in 2021.
True the Vote said its researchers had accessed Konnech data from servers in China, The New York Times reported.
The Los Angeles County district attorney began investigating Konnech after receiving a tip from Gregg Phillips, a True the Vote associate.
Bradley also said in the complaint that his supervisors instructed him not to cooperate with the ensuing police investigation and, when he failed to comply, unfairly terminated him.
Konnech said that True the Vote, which contributed to the “2,000 Mules” documentary several fact-check organizations debunked for failing to demonstrate proof of voter fraud, made a number of false claims about Konnech and Yu, according to a complaint filed in September.
On October 31, True the Vote leaders Phillips and Catherine Englebrecht were detained for failing to identify the individual behind their initial allegations against Konnech.
They claimed their source was an FBI informant, according to Reuters.
Prosecutors dismissed the case against Yu without prejudice, meaning it can still be reopened, on November 9.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney created a team of cybersecurity experts to help determine whether any criminal activity occurred and has also engaged with an “independent expert.”
“Our office has an ongoing obligation to continually reassess the case in light of all of the available evidence,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement.
The office has an “immense” volume of data, the statement adds.
“We cannot comment further as this is an active and ongoing investigation,” the attorney said.