Two Charged Over Theft Of Pittsburgh Corning Trade Secrets

Two Chinese citizens were charged in Kansas City, Missouri, with trying to buy trade secrets stolen from Pittsburgh Corning Corp. so they could open a competing plant in China.

Ji Li Huang, 45, and Xiao Guang Qi, 31, attempted to buy what they were told were documents revealing Pittsburgh Corning’s processes for making cellular-glass insulation, U.S. prosecutors in Kansas City said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

The two brought $25,000 to a Sept. 2 meeting in Kansas City with an individual who was cooperating with federal agents, and were shown documents purported to be company trade secrets, prosecutors said. Both were arrested at their hotel afterward, appeared in court yesterday and remained in federal custody pending a detention hearing, prosecutors said. Read more on Bloomberg


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