Chinese citizen charged with theft of trade secrets in Oklahoma

The Associated Press - December 22, 2018 9:37 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A Chinese national employed by an Oklahoma petroleum company has been charged with stealing trade secrets.
Federal prosecutors in Tulsa said Friday that 35-year-old Hongjin Tan is accused of stealing trade secrets from his unnamed U.S.-based employer that operates a research facility in the Tulsa area.
An affidavit filed by the FBI alleges that Tan stole trade secrets about an unidentified product worth more than $1 billion to his employer to benefit a Chinese company where Tan had been offered work.
Authorities say Tan allegedly downloaded hundreds of computer files regarding the manufacture of a “research and development downstream energy market product.”
Court records show Tan made an initial appearance before a federal magistrate Thursday and remains in custody. A preliminary and detention hearing is scheduled next week.

 

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