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Woman Found Guilty For Stealing Motorola Trade Secrets

An American Chinese woman was found guilty of stealing Motorola Trade secrets by the US district court.

In 2007, 41 year old American-Chinese woman HanjuanJin was caught by the US custom officials in Chicago Airport when she was trying to fly away with the confidential data of the company.

Custom officials held her when she had more than 1,000 papers and electronic proprietary documents with her.

According to Department of Justice, officials also recovered $30,000 in six envelops each containing $5,000, all in hundred dollar bills.

Court's Ruling

US district court Judge Ruben Castillo in the ruling said Jin was found guilty of “criminally betraying Motorola by stealing its trade secrets”.

Jin was found guilty of three counts of theft of trade secrets and for each count Jin will be facing maximum 10 year imprisonment.

Jin, who was working with Motorola in America was found working for Sun Kaisens as well. Sun Kaisens, is a Chinese telecom company which also develops Chinese Military products.

She also worked for the company on project for Chinese military. However, the court didn’t found her guilty of economic espionage for the benefit of the People Republic of China and Chinese military.

No Compromise

Patrick Fitzgerald, US attorney for Northern District said United States will not compromise its valuable trade secrets and will do everything to safe guard economic and national security. Patrick said the judgment has set an example for the same.

Patrick Fitzgerald said,

The verdict establishes that Jin stole valuable trade secrets from an American company, and we will do everything we can to guard our economic and national security from the theft of American trade secrets.

Brief history of Hanjuan Jin

In the year 1998 Jin was recruited by Motorola and till 2006 she continued working, until February 2006, when she took sick leave. And between June and November 2006 Jin worked for Sun Kaisens on a military project.

On February 2007, Jin returned to US and resumed working with Motorola and ended her medical leave.

On February 26, 2007, Jin resumed working in Motorola and accessed more than 200 technical documents of the company. The very next day, Jin emailed her manager for voluntary layoff at Motorola. On 28th February she tried to flee from the US with the confidential documents that belonged to Motorola but she was held by the airport authorities in Chicago.