Woman receives probation in DuPont economic espionage case

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Posted: Sep 29, 2015 7:54 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused with her husband and former DuPont employees of stealing and selling trade secrets to China for a highly coveted whitener has been sentenced to three years of probation.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White also ordered Christina Liew Tuesday to pay $6 million in restitution.

Liew pleaded guilty to conspiracy to tamper with evidence earlier this year as part of an agreement with prosecutors that called for her to receive probation, not prison time.

Authorities say Liew and her husband Walter paid retired DuPont employees thousands of dollars for sensitive company documents about how to make the white pigment known as titanium dioxide and then sold the secrets to a DuPont competitor controlled by the Chinese government.

The whitener is used in Oreo cookies and represents a multi-billion-dollar industry.