Skip to comments.Foreign Economic Espionage Investigation Leads to Arrest
Posted on 04/02/2013 7:54:20 PM PDT by Larry381
On March 29, 2013, special agents in the Milwaukee Division of the FBI arrested Hua Jun Zhao, age 42. Zhao is charged via a criminal complaint for knowingly engaging in economic espionage benefiting a foreign government, foreign instrumentality, or foreign agent, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1831 (a) (1)(2)(3).
Zhao is alleged to have used his employment and position at the Medical College of Wisconsin to illegally acquire patented cancer research material and to have taken steps to provide that material to Zhejiang University in China. The public is reminded individuals placed under arrest are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The arrest was a direct result of successful outreach by the FBIs Divisions Strategic Partnership Program. This program focuses on fostering communication and building awareness through partnerships with key public and private entities. The goal of the outreach is to protect United States sensitive information, technologies, and competitiveness in an age of globalization.
This investigation underscores the importance of the FBIs outreach to our community partners, said Teresa L. Carlson, Special Agent in Charge. The FBI will aggressively pursue those who would attempt to steal trade secrets, proprietary information, or national security information.
The FBI Milwaukee Divisions Strategic Partnership Program provides businesses and academia the tools to recognize, identify, and report insider threats, theft of trade secrets, and economic espionage. The FBI encourages businesses and academia to contact the Strategic Partnership Coordinator Special Agent Byron Franz at 414-291-4371 for more information on this outreach program or to report suspected threats
The odd thing is that chinese nationals can so be reliably counted on to steal technology...that you have to wonder why it is that people hire them to do anything.
the article cites the university with which this guy was affiliated as having had many troubles before with bad & stolen and misrepresented research.
really. technology theft is part of china’s business model.
I agree that technology theft is bad; but I also have trouble with patenting cancer research....