Chinese national sentenced to prison for trade secrets theft

The Associated Press - February 29, 2020 8:54 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors say that a Chinese national who admitted to stealing trade secrets from a U.S. petroleum company has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.

Hongjin Tan pleaded guilty in November to theft of a trade secret in connection to his work as a scientist at a Phillips 66 research facility in Oklahoma. Prosecutors say that Tan used a thumb drive to copy hundreds of files containing information about “next generation battery technologies.” Tan’s attorney said in court filings that his client had no criminal history and is taking responsibility for his actions.

Tan was sentenced on Thursday in Tulsa and also ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution.


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