Friday, October 16, 2009

Ex-Ford engineer charged with stealing trade secrets
A former product engineer for the Ford Motor Co. has been indicted on allegations that he stole trade secrets from the automaker, federal officials in Detroit announced today.

Xiang Dong Yu, aka Mike Yu, 47, of Beijing, China, was arrested Wednesday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after he exited a flight from China. He is charged with theft of trade secrets, attempted theft of trade secrets and unauthorized access to a protected computer.

According to an indictment, Yu was a product engineer for the Ford Motor Co. from 1997 to 2007 and had access to Ford trade secrets, including Ford design
documents. In December 2006, Yu accepted a job at the China branch of a U.S. company.


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