TRADE SECRETS: Chinese Man Arrested For Plant Theft

It’s believed to be the first case of its kind in Iowa.

The U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Iowa says six Chinese nationals conspired to steal trade secrets from Dupont Pioneer and Monsanto, both U.S. seed corn companies.

Authorities have arrested one man and are seeking five other Chinese nationals believed to be involved in the conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney, Nick Klinefeldt says Mo Hailong, permanent resident in Florida who first came on a work visa, stole corn plants from test plots in Illinois and the Greater Des Moines area and attempted to transport valuable, inbred seed corn to China.

Klinefeldt says Hailong is employed as the Director of International Business of the Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Company, which is part of the DBN Group.  DBN Group is believed to be a Chinese Conglomerate with a corn seed subsidiary company, Kings Nower Seed.

Dupont Pioneer alerted the FBI after detecting suspicious activity in its test plots.

If convicted, Hailong faces up to ten years in prison and a $5 million fine. The five other suspects have yet to apprehended.

1 Comment

  • KN Black

    Well what a surprise. This is an excerpt from the OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Annual Report to Congress 2013: China continues to leverage foreign investments, commercial joint ventures, academic exchanges, the experience of repatriated Chinese students and researchers, and state-sponsored industrial and technical espionage to increase the level of technologies and expertise available to support research, development, and acquisition. Beijing’s long-term goal is to create a wholly-indigenous industrial sector, augmented by a strong commercial sector, to meet the needs of modernization and to compete as a top-tier producer.
    And we keep the political correct attitude of hiring Chinese researchers to make our leading edge developments based on credentials made by a government that wants to take our trade secrets away from us. I still contend American post grads are as good as foreign if given a chance. If our colleges would foster developing advanced degrees instead of filtering out as many as they can, we would meet any needs as far as advanced skills.

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