By Jonathan Saltzman and Martin Finucane
July 19, 2010
WORCESTER -- A federal judge in Worcester is pondering whether to grant
bail to a 45-year-old Westborough man who, in a highly unusual case, is
accused of economic espionage for allegedly sending trade secrets about
insecticides to China.
Kexue Huang faces a dozen counts of economic espionage to benefit a
foreign government or instrumentality, as well as five counts of
interstate or foreign transport of stolen property.
Assistant US Attorney Scott Garland said only six or seven people had
ever been charged with the crime. He said the value of the information
that Huang allegedly passed on exceeded $100 million.
The allegations mainly concern the period from January 2003 to February
2008, when Huang worked at Dow Chemical in Indiana. Huang allegedly
conveyed the information to Hunan Normal University, prosecutors said
today at a bail hearing in federal court in Worcester.
Further details about the case were unavailable. The indictment against
Huang, handed up by a grand jury in Indiana, remains sealed.
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