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Former GE employee sentenced for conspiring to steal trade secrets for China
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A former employee of General Electric (GE) was sentenced on Tuesday to two years in prison for conspiring to steal trade secrets to benefit the People's Republic of China.
Xiaoqing Zheng, a 59-year-old resident of Niskayuna, New York, was convicted of conspiracy to commit economic espionage in March 2022. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), he worked for GE Power in Schenectady, New York, from 2008 to 2018 as an engineer who specialized in turbine sealing technology.
Evidence presented at his jury trial showed that Zheng conspired with others who were based in China to steal GE's trade secrets related to the company's ground-based and aviation-based turbine technologies. The economic espionage was intended to benefit the People's Republic of China (PRC), including China-based companies and universities that research, develop and manufacture parts for turbines.
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