The head of Konnech Corporation, a Michigan-based software company, was arrested on Oct. 4 for allegedly stealing and storing personal data of Los Angeles County election workers on servers in China.
According to the office, Konnech won a five-year, $2.9 million contract with LA County in 2020 for an election worker management system—named PollChief software—that was used by the county in the last California election.
The software was designed to assist with poll worker assignments, communications, and payroll, LA County District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement.
The New York Times reported on Oct. 3 that Konnech had become the target of allegations that the company has ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and given China access to the personal data of 2 million poll workers in the United States.
The software company denied having any ties to the CCP and said that all of its data was stored on servers in the United States, according to the report.