Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 1/18/2006 02:56:00 PM

Former Corning Employee Pleads Guilty to Selling Trade Secrets to Taiwanese Competitor

From Newsday: A former Corning Inc. employee pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing trade secrets for making ultrathin glass used in flat-panel televisions and computers and selling them to a rival business in Taiwan, PicVue Electronics Ltd.

The employee, Jonathan Sanders, 37, worked at a Corning glassmaking plant in Harrodsburg, Ky. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to commit trade secret theft, which carries a maximum penalty of nine years in prison. He will be sentened on April 18.

The matter came to light when a potential vendor for PicVue recognized the blueprints as Corning's and referred the matter to the FBI.

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