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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – A lawyer says a Ford Motor Co. engineer was fired after she placed listening devices in meeting rooms at its headquarters.

Ford says the FBI is involved at the company’s invitation. The Detroit News identified the engineer as Sharon Leach. She declined to comment, but her attorney, Marshall Tauber, says she did nothing wrong.

He says she placed devices under tables so she could transcribe meetings. Tauber says Leach was insecure about taking notes but wasn’t “spying” at Ford headquarters in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

Tauber says Leach surrendered the listening devices. Ford declined to comment Friday beyond a brief statement. It says it’s working with the FBI.

The News says Leach’s home was searched by the FBI in June.

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