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AIG sues former employee, alleges extortion

NEW YORK, Dec 22 (Reuters) - U.S. insurer American International Group Inc. AIG.N on Friday filed a federal lawsuit against a former employee, accusing her of extortion, disseminating confidential information and falsely accusing the company of accounting misdeeds.

In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, AIG said Dong “Dee” Chung, an executive in its Hong Kong office, raised allegations of accounting improprieties at the global insurance giant and demanded a settlement after she was fired on Dec. 6.

AIG further complained that after it refused her requests for a settlement, Chung disseminated confidential legal memos to AIG competitors and legal adversaries, sent confidential business information to parties inside and outside the company and sent e-mails to AIG directors, executives and employees.

Chung currently resides in Hong Kong, the AIG suit said. Chung could not be reached for comment.

AIG lawyer Kevin Reed declined comment.

AIG said she joined AIG’s New York office in January as assistant director for accounting policy in its comptroller division. In June she was named Hong Kong designate of AIG’s accounting policy office.

In this role, AIG said Chung had access to and stole confidential information, including business transactions and investments.

AIG alleged Chung was fired on Dec. 6 after months of insubordinate behavior. Late last month, after AIG hired a man to be her supervisor in Hong Kong, she refused to meet with the new boss and then was absent from work without permission.

After she was terminated, Chung sent e-mails to lawyer David Boies of Boies Schiller & Flexner, whose firm represents C.V. Starr & Co. Starr is a company led by former AIG Chief Executive Maurice Hank Greenberg and one that had filed a number of suits against AIG.