As Companies like GM, Dell, and IBM continue to endlessly hire H-1B citizens and throw away their American engineers sentencing them to death and poverty, they are reaping what they sow. Thousands of foreign nationals are stealing all their trade secrets and bringing them back to their home country. The latest case involved a Chinese couple who started a Company in China to manufacture Hybrid engines and sell the technology to other companies. The only problem? The stuff they were selling came from the four thousand technical designs they stole from GM.
A U.S. prosecutor said on Monday that a former General Motors engineer and her husband stole secrets related to the automaker’s hybrid technology with the intention of using the information to develop similar vehicles in China.
According to the prosecution, Shanshan Du stole information which GM values at over $40 million and gave it to her husband, Yu Qin, who sought to use in conjunction with GM’s competition in China.
“This case is about theft as well as deceit,” prosecutor Michael Martin said during the opening statements of the Detroit trial, according to Bloomberg. The defendants are “partners in life, partners in business and partners in crime.”
This is not the first time automakers have allegedly caught employees spying for Chinese companies. Last year, ex-Ford Motor Co. engineer Xiang Dong Yu was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing secrets from Ford. He’d copied 4,000 Ford designs worth millions of dollars the night before he quit the automaker. He then went to work for Beijing Automotive Industry Corp.
Espionage involving China has been seen in other industries as well. Last August, a former Motorola employee, Hanjuan Jin, was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing trade secrets. The FBI has also recently alleged that Coca-Cola was the target of a cyber attack from a Chinese company after a failed acquisition, according to Bloomberg.
In this most recent case of stolen trade secrets, U.S. attorneys have alleged that Du provided the information for her husband and the company that they started together, called Millennium Technology International. The plan was that she would provide the secrets and her husband would work on business ventures for selling hybrid vehicles in China with GM’s competition.
During her time at GM as an electrical engineer — from 2000 to 2005 — Du purposefully found assignment on a hybrid research project with the intent of stealing secrets, according to the U.S. GM sought Du’s resignation in 2005, which accelerated the process of the theft.
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