A former Ford engineer is currently under the gun amid espionage claims levied by the automaker with the help of the FBI.
Autoblog reports the Blue Oval called upon the agency in the former’s investigation of Sharon Leach after security found and seized eight recording devices used in her meetings with her now-former colleagues. In turn, FBI agents arrived at Leach’s home with warrants to seize more such devices — along with computers, jump drives and financial records — fearing whatever may be on them would be destroyed if the agency issued the former engineer a subpoena.
Though Leach has yet to state anything publicly, her attorney, Marshall Tauber, says she used the devices in note-taking:
I think you’re dealing with a person who was seeing how sharp the new kids are and maybe feeling a need to keep up with them. And maybe she realized that she’s not as attentive as she once was and needs a little assistance. Maybe her memory was failing her on the technology end but she didn’t want to admit it.
The case is now in the purview of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.