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Couple accused in GM tech theft




Couple accused in GM tech theft
Couple accused in GM tech theft



http://www.freep.com/article/20100723/BUSINESS01/7230375/Couple-accused-in-GM-tech-theft 

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 
company.

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, 
prosecutors said.

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