Couple accused in GM tech theft

Couple accused in GM tech theft
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 

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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