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Chinese man charged with fraud, conspiracy and theft of trade secrets in New Jersey April 11, 2009

Posted by jefhenningeresq in News.
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Yan Zhu, a Chinese national living in Lodi, New Jersey is accused of stealing a software program from his former U.S. employer and selling a modified version to the Chinese government.  Weysan Dun, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Newark field office, said that there have been  an increasing number of federal investigations into Chinese economic espionage over the past years.

Zhu is in the U.S. on a work visa and was a senior environmental engineer for the unnamed company from April 2006 to July 2008.  He played a key role in its efforts to sell the program, which allows users to manage air emissions and water quality, in China.  He sold the software for only 10% of it $1.5 million dollar price.

This will probably not be an easy case for the government to prosecute as they will have to likely deal with witnesses from China who may not be able to testify here in the U.S.  At the same time, Zhu faces a lot of time in prison so a trial would be a huge gamble.  Zhu also has to be careful as to what he says as he’ll have to face the music when he gets home to China.

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