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Chinese national sentenced for stealing trade secrets

January 29, 2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California engineer who planned to use stolen trade secrets to start his own medical device company in China is going to federal prison.

Wenfeng Lu was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison.

Prosecutors say the Irvine engineer, who’s a Chinese national, stole trade secrets while working for two medical device companies.

Lu received financing from the Chinese government to found a company there. He acknowledged planning to use the secrets he stole from his U.S. employers.

Lu was arrested as he prepared to board a plane in 2012. In May, he pleaded guilty to six federal counts.