Kexue Huang, a scientist who pled guilty in October of last year to industrial espionage carried out while an employee of Dow Chemical Co. and Cargill Inc., received a prison term of seven years and three months at his sentencing on December 21 in Indianapolis before United States District Judge William T. Lawrence. The landmark action was the first prosecuted in Indiana under the Economic Espionage Act instituted 16 years ago, which prohibits purloining trade secrets thereafter destined for foreign hands, and numbers among only eight such proceedings throughout the United States over that time span. Mr. Huang, a Chinese national, admitted trade-secret theft in conjunction with the organic pesticide research he conducted at Dow’s Indianapolis site during the period of 2003 to 2008. He passed on said information to a minimum of two others, including a researcher at China’s Hunan Normal University who afterwards worked in Dresden, Germany. Huang subsequently assumed the position of biotechnologist four years ago at Cargill, the agricultural titan, where he appropriated a crucial ingredient in a then recently developed food product that he later delivered to a Hunan Normal University student.
Huang had been held in federal custody following his indictment. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Indianapolis office, Tim Horty, disclosed that Huang would be required to begin his prison term right away. In addition, Mr. Horty stated during a phone interview that the government would initiate deportation proceedings against Huang once his sentence is served. Economic reverses connected to his espionage activities totaled more than 7 million dollars, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

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