Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 9/16/2008 07:49:00 AM

Guilty Plea in Metaldyne Trade Secrets Theft

From the Associated Press via the Chicago Tribune, a story concerning three ex-employees of auto parts maker, Metaldyne, who entered a guilty plea for stealing trade secrets for . . . the Chinese.

The pleas were entered Monday, September 15, by Anne Lockwood; her husband, Michael Haehnel, both of Rockford, Illinois; and Fuping Liu, of Flushing, N.Y.

Lockwood, Metaldyne's former vice president for sales; Liu, a former metallurgist; and Haehnel, a former senior engineer, were accused of stealing Metaldyne's technology for manufacturing connecting rods and other parts.

The defendants face sentences between a year and nearly three years.

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