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California Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Espionage


FILE - A DuPont logo is pictured on the research center in Meyrin near Geneva.
FILE - A DuPont logo is pictured on the research center in Meyrin near Geneva.

A court in California has sentenced a chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28.3 million for stealing trade secrets from U.S. industrial chemical maker DuPont to help a state-owned Chinese company.

At Thursday's sentencing, U.S. district judge Jeffrey White said Walter Liew, a naturalized citizen, had "turned against his adopted country for greed."

Liew was convicted earlier this year of receiving $28 million from companies controlled by the Chinese government in exchange for Dupont's pigment technology, used for whitening a long list of everyday items.

The judge also fined Liew's engineering company about $19 million.

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