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Securities regulators plan to file civil fraud charges this week against Apple Inc.’s former general counsel over her alleged role in the company’s stock options backdating scandal, a defense attorney said Monday.

Cris Arguedas, a lawyer for Nancy Heinen, said the Securities and Exchange Commission has informed attorneys in the case that it plans to file a lawsuit against Heinen alleging fraud in connection with two options grants. One involved a grant to Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs on Oct. 19, 2001, for 7.5 million shares and another involved a grant made to top executives, including Heinen herself, on Jan. 17, 2001.

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