Friday, September 16, 2011, 9/16/2011 10:49:00 AM

Former Dow AgroSciences Scientist Pleads Guilty to Economic Espionage Violations Involving China

By Todd


Forbes is reporting a scientist from has agreed to plead guilty to charges of illegally sending trade secrets worth $300 million to China and Germany.

A federal judge in Indianapolis on Thursday scheduled a plea hearing for Kexue Huang for Oct. 18. Huang agreed to plead guilty to one count of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets to benefit a foreign government and instrumentality in a document filed last month in U.S. District Court.

Huang, who was born in China, is a Canadian citizen with permanent U.S. resident status.
Huang was indicted in June 2010 but it was kept secret until August 2010. The indictment charged Huang with 12 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets to benefit a foreign government and instrumentality under the Economic Espionage Act. He also was charged with five counts of foreign transportation of stolen property. We blogged about these charges back in 2010: http://wombletradesecrets.blogspot.com/2010/07/trade-secrets-unicorn-economic.html. This was a rare prosecution of a discrete prong of the Economic Espionage Act - the one regarding theft of secrets to benefit a foreign government.

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