The founders of the election integrity group True the Vote were jailed on Oct. 31 by a federal judge for contempt of court.
U.S. marshals detained Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips after a hearing in federal court in Dallas, according to a court docket entry.
Court filings show U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt, the Reagan appointee overseeing a lawsuit against True the Vote, Engelbrecht, and Phillips, ordered the defendants jailed after they refused to share information, including all people who have had or still have possession of any information from Konnech computers.
Konnech sued True the Vote prior to the arrest, alleging that the election integrity group and its founders gained unauthorized access to its computers and gained information from them.
"The truth is that Konnech is a U.S. company founded and operated by a U.S. citizen who has no affiliation with the Chinese Communist Party whatsoever," Konnech said, adding that all of its U.S. customer data "is secured and stored exclusively on protected computers located within the United States."
That was part of the $2.9 million contract Konnech reached with Los Angeles County, but Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, a Democrat who charged Konnech CEO Eugene Yu, said investigators found that information "was stored on servers in the People’s Republic of China."
Hoyt in September ordered the defendants to stop accessing the computers and to return all property and data obtained from the computers. He also ordered them to identify each person and group involved in accessing the computers and to disclose to Konnech how the computers were accessed.
Defendants told the court in a sealed letter that they wouldn't identify the source of the data, "arguing that to do so would hinder an FBI investigation concerning the matter, or jeopardizing 'national security,'" Hoyt said in a recent order.
Phillips also said that Hasson and FBI agents were the only people who had access to the information.
But Phillips and Engelbrecht are still refusing to reveal other information, including the name of another person who was present when Phillips viewed some of the data in 2021. Both Hasson and that person are confidential informants for the FBI, according to Phillips' testimony. Phillips has also said he is a confidential informant.
The defendants will be detained "until they fully comply" with Hoyt's order to disclose information, according to a summary of the Oct. 31 hearing.
"True the Vote calls for the immediate release of founder Catherine Engelbrecht and contractor Gregg Phillips, who were jailed for contempt today for refusing to deliver to Konnech the name of the third party who was present at a presentation of evidence of Konnech’s wrongdoing," True the Vote said in a statement to The Epoch Times. "This evidence was provided to the LA District Attorney’s office in their investigation of Konnech, which resulted in the arrest of CEO Eugene Yu.
"True the Vote attorneys are expediting an appeal seeking to have Engelbrecht and Phillips released."
“Trust, honesty, and respect will always be our highest values, regarding both our work and our lives," Engelbrecht added. "As a result, we will be held in jail until we agree to give up the name of a person we believe was not covered under the terms of the judge’s TRO."