In KC, Two Chinese Men Are Sentenced in Corporate Spying Case - KansasCity.com
One of the first Chinese business owners ever to be charged with stealing trade secrets from a U.S. company received an 18-month sentence Friday in Kansas City federal court.
Ji Li Huang, 45, came to Missouri last year and thought he was bribing an employee of the Pittsburgh Corning plant in Sedalia to hand over the firm’s secret formula for cellular glass insulation.
In fact, he walked into an FBI trap, organized after Huang clumsily took out ads in the Sedalia newspaper announcing that he wanted to speak with Pittsburgh Corning employees because he was planning a similar plant in Asia.
Huang, who speaks no English, appeared anguished after a translator whispered the sentence from U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes.