Friday, July 11, 2014
(Oakland, CA) -- A California businessman is heading to prison for stealing trade secrets from DuPont to help a state-owned Chinese company. A federal judge today sentenced Walter Liew to 15 years behind bars. Earlier this year, a jury found him guilty on more than 20 criminal counts. Among them was conspiracy to commit economic espionage and trade secret theft. During the trial, federal prosecutors said Liew paid former DuPont workers to give away trade secrets which would help China's Pangang Group come up with a white pigment used to make a number of products, including plastics, paint and paper.