A grand jury has indicted six Chinese nationals. They’re accused of trying to steal trade secrets from seed corn companies in Iowa and Illinois.
According to the indictment the men stole inbred corn seed, worth millions, from metro test fields owned by Dupont-Pioneer and Monsanto.
The indictment also describes how the men allegedly hid the seeds in a storage unit in Adel and discussed how being caught would hurt their country and its government.
Mo Hailong was arrested last week while trying to board a flight in Chicago. Authorities are in the process of bringing him back to Iowa.
The rest of the accused are still at large.