- Medical College of Wisconsin researcher Hua Jun Zhao is charged with economic espionage for allegedly stealing a patented cancer-research compound and taking steps to give it to China's Zhejiang University.
- A FBI affidavit dated March 29 details Zhao's alleged espionage, and he is currently held in Milwaukee County Jail with no bail set.
- A preliminary hearing is set for April 11, and Zhao may face as many as 15 years in prison for theft of trade secrets to benefit a foreign government.
From the article:
... “There is probable cause to believe that Hua Jun Zhao has committed the crime of economic espionage,” FBI Special Agent Gerald Shinneman wrote in his nine-page affidavit.
Zhao joins a Motorola Inc. engineer and a researcher at Dow AgroSciences LLC who, in separate cases, have been accused by the U.S. of economic espionage or stealing on behalf of Chinese entities. ...