The executive vice president of Huawei’s consumer business group Greater China, Teng Hongfei, has been taken away by the public security, according to people familiar with the matter. Once a recipient of the highest management honor granted by Huawei, Teng is under investigation for corruption charges, Caijing has reported (in Chinese).

The consumer division is the fastest growing among Huawei’s three business groups, thanks to strong performance of Huawei’s smartphone sales in recent years. Teng’s fall from grace might have been a result of the rampant corruption inside China’s direct-to-consumer sales, in which retailers often bribe the manufacturers.

This isn’t the first time Huawei has found itself in the midst of a corruption scandal. This year started with a bang when six top middle and senior leaders from the consumer business group were accused of giving out internal information to LeEco (formerly known as Leshi) and Chinese smartphone brand Coolpad (酷派) in January. One of the arrested employees was the chief architect of Huawei’s flagship P6 Wu Bin.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.