Couple who stole GM trade secrets to be sentenced by court on April 30

Article by Anita Panait, on April 29, 2013

A United States District Court in Detroit will be handing on April 30, 2013, the sentence for a couple found guilty of stealing General Motors trade secrets related to hybrid-car technology. Former GM engineer Shanshan Du and her husband, Yu Qin, were found guilty of stealing GM hybrid technology to help build a hybrid electric vehicle in China with Chery Automobile Co.

Du was an engineer for GM's Advanced Technology Vehicles Group in suburban Detroit. The court found Du culpable of copying 16,262 documents covering hybrid vehicles on a flash drive in February 2005, five days after she received a severance agreement offer. Eighteen of the over 16,000 copied documents contained trade secrets.

The court convicted her of conspiracy to possess trade secrets without authorization and two counts of unauthorized possession of trade secrets in November 2012. But the court acquitted her of three counts of wire fraud. Qin, on the other hand, was found guilty of conspiracy to possess trade secrets without authorization, two counts of unauthorized possession of trade secrets, three counts of wire fraud and one count of obstruction of justice.

According to The Associated Press, Qin's attorney is asking for probation since GM incurred no actual loss from his actions. AP reported that Du has yet to file a sentencing memo. Both Du and Qin face eight to 10 years in prison under sentencing guidelines, according to the AP.

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