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Arlington Heights man charged with economic espionage




Arlington Heights man charged with economic espionage
Arlington Heights man charged with economic espionage



http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=282101 

By Rob Olmstead
Daily Herald
3/27/2009

At 11 a.m. Friday, David Yen Lee of Arlington Heights was supposed to be 
in the air on a plane to China, authorities said.

Instead, he was sitting in a courtroom awaiting a hearing, wearing the 
never-flattering orange jumpsuit that signals one is a resident of the 
Metropolitan Correctional Center, the federal detention center in 
downtown Chicago.

Prosecutors say Lee, 52, a native of Taiwan, stole paint formulas from 
his Wheeling employer, Valspar, and was planning to carry them to China, 
where he had taken a job with a Valspar competitor. Valspar manufactures 
paints and other types of coatings.

Lee was Valspar's technical director of new product development, and had 
been to China at least four times in 2008 to work on projects with a 
Valspar subsidiary in China, Huarun Limited, prosecutors said.

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