Ex-Dow Scientist Arrested On Espionage Charges 7-21-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Ex-Dow Scientist Arrested On Espionage Charges 7-21-2010

A former Dow Chemical scientist has reportedly been arrested and charged with a dozen counts of economic espionage.
Investigators claim Kexue Huang, who worked for Dow in Indiana for several years, was arrested earlier this month.
Authorities allege Huang, 45, passed on secrets about a commercial insecticide to China.
The Midland Daily News reported an FBI agent who testified at Huang’s arrest hearing in Massachusetts stated that Huang supposedly sent commercial secrets via e-mail to a university in China.
Huang has been working for a Massachusetts-based biofuels company.
Huang’s lawyer said his client was simply helping to co-author an article on the topic.
The paper also reported that Huang is a Canadian citizen with authorization to work in the U.S.
Corporate espionage cases are rare in the United States, with roughly 50 being prosecuted since a 1996 law was signed into existence.
If convicted on a single economic espionage charge, Huang could face up to 15 years in prison, but the Midland Daily News reports that legal experts expect Huang would service much less than that.
The prosecuting attorney in the case urged the judge to hold Huang, claiming he is a flight risk.
The judge declined to rule on the request until further information was presented.
Another hearing is expected to take place in Indiana, but an exact date was not released.
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