The polling company stored election data in China, the whistleblower claims

  • A December whistleblower complaint alleges that election software firm Konnech stored poll workers’ private data in China, according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
  • The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office suspended an investigation into Konnech founder Eugene Yu in November.
  • “Our office has an ongoing commitment to continually reevaluate the case in light of all available evidence,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement to DCNF.

A Michigan-based election infrastructure firm stored poll workers’ private data in China, a new whistleblower complaint obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation says, matching earlier allegations against the company and CEO Eugene Yu.

Grant Bradley, a former employee of Konnech, a software firm that provides logistics for polling stations in 32 locations across the United States, also said the company’s “developers, designers and coders are all Chinese nationals based in Wuhan, China,” in the complaint, which was first disclosed by the Federalist on Friday and filed in Michigan court on Dec. 22, shows. Bradley claimed to witness poll viewer information “being made available” to individuals in China, but did not understand the extent of the data being routed through China until True the Vote, an election integrity organization, made allegations in 2021.

“Even Konnech employees who have seen evidence of wrongdoing are acting to tell their story,” True the Vote told DCNF. (RELATED: CCP-affiliated TikTok to crack down on ‘misinformation’ partners with US government)

Konnech illegally provided “Chinese programmers with private data about poll workers, to include social security numbers and other personally identifying information,” the complaint said.

The firm initially employed Chinese nationals, but Yu later claimed that public pressure to cut ties with Beijing forced 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 states. 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 “everybody,” referring to software companies like Microsoft and Apple, “was doing it,” the complaint said.

12-22-22 Verified complaint … by The Federalist

Authorities arrested Yu in Michigan on Oct. 5 after True the Vote reported concerns about Yu and Konnech to the FBI in 2021, claiming its researchers had access to 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 staff member.

Bradley also said in the complaint that his supervisor instructed him not to cooperate with the subsequent police investigation, and when he did not comply, he was unfairly terminated.

Konnech said True the Vote, which contributed to the documentary “2000 Mules” several fact-checking organizations debunked for failing to demonstrate evidence of voter fraud, made a series of false allegations about Konnech and Yu, according to a complaint filed in September.

Indeed, Vote leaders Phillips and Catherine Englebrecht were detained on October 31, 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 criminal activity occurred, and has also engaged an “independent expert,” the office told DCNF.

“Our office has an ongoing commitment to continually reevaluate the case in light of all available evidence,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement to DCNF, adding that the office has a “tremendous” amount of data. “We cannot comment further as this is an active and ongoing investigation,” the lawyer said.

True the Vote said “Konnech’s role in US elections exposes national security breaches that can no longer be ignored” in a statement to the DCNF.

Konnech and Gary Lincenberg, Yu’s attorney, did not respond to DCNF’s requests for comment.

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