Man pleads guilty to corporate espionage; awaits sentencing

AP News
Posted: Oct 02, 2015 4:23 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Chinese-American researcher has pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from his U.S. employers, but his attorneys are hoping to limit the time he serves in prison.

The Charlotte Observer reports ( Xiwen Huang pleaded guilty Friday to one count of stealing trade secrets. Federal prosecutors say the 55-year-old chemical engineer stole proprietary technology and hundreds of pages of documents over the past decade as an employee for both government and civilian companies.

According to court documents, his goal was to help the Chinese government and a company he had opened in North Carolina to do business with China.

Huang, a naturalized U.S. citizen, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His defense team hopes to limit his sentence; they've filed documents indicating some of the charges aren't true.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer,