Woman charged with stealing computer files from Cree
Posted June 3, 2016
Durham, N.C. — A Cary woman has been charged with illegally accessing and altering computer files at Durham-based LED manufacturer Cree Inc., according to an arrest warrant.
Huili Cui, 50, of 521 Denhoff Drive, is charged with felony accessing computers and larceny by employee. She was initially held in the Durham County jail under a $1 million bond following her Wednesday arrest, but that was lowered to $100,000 on Friday.
According to an arrest warrant, Cui began accessing Cree documents, files and client lists through the company's computer system in April and took confidential information and modified it without authorization. The warrant also states that Cui took the documents and data with the intention of stealing from Cree.
Cree spokesman Cameron Reed declined to comment on Cui's arrest, saying it is part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
The Durham County Sheriff's Office said the FBI is assisting with the investigation because federal charges are possible in the case. The FBI declined to comment.
Two days after the alleged activity began at Cree, Cui's home was broken into and ransacked, but nothing was stolen, according to an incident report from the Cary Police Department.
Authorities wouldn't say if the break-in could be connected to Cui's employment at Cree.