By David Ashenfelter
Free Press Staff Writer
Detroit Free Press
July 23, 2010
A Troy couple was arraigned in federal court Thursday on charges of
conspiring to steal GM's hybrid vehicle secrets to sell to a Chinese car
Yu Qin, 49, and his wife, Shanshan Du, 51, stood mute in U.S. District
Court to a six-count indictment charging them with unauthorized
possession of trade secrets, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
Magistrate Mark Randon entered not-guilty pleas on their behalf and
released them on $10,000 bonds.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Du, while working for GM, passed hybrid
secrets to her husband for use in their company, Millennium Technology
International, some by e-mail.
After GM offered Du a buyout in January 2005, she copied thousands of
pages of GM documents to a Millennium Technology external computer hard
drive, prosecutors said. Afterward, Qin moved forward with a venture to
provide hybrid technology to Chery Automobile, a GM competitor in China,
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