Chinese-born engineer convicted of espionage

Chinese-born engineer convicted of espionage
Chinese-born engineer convicted of espionage,0,3800058.story 

By Tami Abdollah and Christopher Goffard
The Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2009

A Chinese-born engineer living in Orange County was convicted Thursday 
in the first-ever trial under the Economic Espionage Act.

Dongfan "Greg" Chung, 73, of Orange, a former aerospace engineer at the 
Boeing plant in Huntington Beach, was found guilty of acting as a 
foreign agent, conspiring to violate the Economic Espionage Act and 
seven other charges. He was found not guilty of obstruction of justice.

The ruling came after a 10-day trial and roughly three weeks of 
deliberation by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney. Chung chose to 
have his case heard by a judge rather than a jury.

"The trust Boeing placed in Mr. Chung to safeguard its proprietary and 
trade secret information obviously meant very little to Mr. Chung," 
Carney said.

"He cast it aside to serve the PRC [People's Republic of China], which 
he proudly proclaimed as his 'motherland.' "


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