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A Chinese-American engineer with a degree from MIT and a Chinese businessman have been charged with economic espionage and conspiring to steal trade secrets from General Electric to benefit China.
According to a 14-count indictment unsealed by the US Justice Department on Tuesday, Xiaoqing Zheng, 56, while employed at GE Power & Water in Schenectady as an engineer specializing in sealing technology, 'exploited his access to GE’s files' by stealing design models, engineering drawings, and related content having to do with gas and steam turbines.
Zheng - Degrees - Northwestern - Polythecnical - University
Zheng, who has degrees from Northwestern Polythecnical University and the highly prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then allegedly emailed the stolen files to his business partner, Zhaoxi Zhang, 47, of Liaoning Province, China.
The two men are also related: Zhang's aunt, real estate agent **** Jin, has been married to Zheng for more than 30 years. The couple have a daughter together.
Zheng - Citizenship - US - Citizen
Zheng gave up his Chinese citizenship in 2001 when he became a naturalized US citizen.
According to the indictment, Zheng and Zhang used the stolen GE trade secrets to advance their own business interests in two Chinese companies that develop and manufacture parts for turbines.
Document - Zheng - Zhang - Espionage
The document also alleges that Zheng and Zhang conspired to commit economic espionage,...
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