Xiaolan Zhang, the former Apple employee accused of stealing computer files containing trade secrets from Apple’s secretive automotive division, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in San Jose. CNBC reports: According to court filings Monday, Zhang’s plea agreement with the U.S. government is under seal. Zhang faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to trade secret theft. Sentencing is scheduled for November. Zhang was accused of downloading Apple’s internal files about the company’s car project — specifically, a 25-page document containing engineering schematics for a circuit board for an autonomous car. Zhang was also accused of obtaining reference manuals and PDF files describing Apple’s prototypes and prototype requirements.

Zhang was arrested by federal agents in July 2018 at the San Jose airport, where he was planning to fly to China. He had previously worked for Apple since 2015, most recently as a hardware engineer in Apple’s self-driving car group, according to incriminating documents from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office. The accusations allowed a glimpse into the secret side of Apple, which the company does not often admit even years later: its division develops autonomous electric cars.

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