Ex-Motorola employee gets 4 years in prison for stealing trade secrets

By on August 30, 2012, 12:00 PM

41-year-old Hanjuan Jin has been convicted of stealing trade secrets from Motorola and sentenced to four years in federal prison. The Chinese-born software engineer was stopped by customs and subsequently arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in 2007 as she prepared to board a China-bound flight carrying over a thousand Motorola documents and $30,000 in cash.

US District Judge Ruben Castillo also fined Jin $20,000 and ordered her to remain under house arrest with an electronic monitoring device until her sentence gets under way on October 25. The judge went on to say that the most important thing this country can do is protect its trade secrets. All things considered, the former software engineer got off lightly as she was facing up to 30 years behind bars.

Authorities believe she was part of a larger Chinese spying operation. Jin worked for Motorola for nine years but was moonlighting for Chinese telecommunications company Sun Kaisens, who happens to be a supplier for the Chinese military. Fortunately for her, she was cleared of engaging in economic espionage for her home country.

Motorola spokesperson Nick Sweers said Motorola Solutions appreciates the significant efforts the government devoted to investigating and prosecuting this case. Acting US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Gary S. Shapiro echoed those sentiments, pointing out that US officials will do everything they can to guard economic and national security from the theft of American trade secrets.

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psycros psycros said:

Sigh...another slap on the wrist for the Raging Dragon. A shame they've become America's loan shark and slavemaster..we should have nothing to do with a nation whose unified goal is to defeat us economically, culturally and militarily.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Lock up everyone in DC then. They've been selling our tech to everyone.

Guest said:

Here's how we should deal with spies:

Tell them to turn around and face the wall

Take out pistol and chamber a round...

Neojt said:

Here's how we should deal with spies:

Tell them to turn around and face the wall

Take out pistol and chamber a round...

yeah and send the bill for the bullet to the family like China use to do (not sure if this is still common practice now days)

(sarcasim on)

All joking appart this will really scare peaple from doing it now that they know thell get 4 years if they get cauth (sarcasim off)

Tygerstrike said:

Better yet, how many trade secrets did she sell before she was caught?? Exactly how did she get $30,000 in cash. I have excellent budgeting skills and even I couldnt save up that much. So she had to have been selling those secrets long before she got caught. As for China and what they do....We of all the Nations have no right to point fingers at anyone. The United States was founded and built on the bodies and bones of both the indiginous populace and imported slaves. We have ZERO room to talk.

Personally the "Raging Dragon" and all their ppl are soon to be in serious trouble. Once India gets ticked enough there will be a nice smoking crater in China somewhere. And who do you think they will be turning to in order to save their butts??

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