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United States of America v. Yang Sui
Case Number: 1:20-cr-00109-MAD
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Albany County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
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Description: Albany, NY - The United States of America charged Yang Sui with stealing trade secrets.
Yang Sui, age 42, of Niskayuna, New York, pled guilty today to stealing trade secrets belonging to the General Electric Company.
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As part of his guilty plea, Sui admitted that between 2015 and 2017, he stole multiple electronic files pertaining to the research, design, and manufacture of silicon carbide MOSFETs (metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors). Silicon carbide MOSFETs are used in a variety of GE’s parts and products, including aviation equipment and wind turbines.
United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino will sentence Sui on September 22, 2020. Sui faces up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 or up to twice the value of the pecuniary gain to him from the crime, and up to 3 years of supervised release. A sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.
This case was investigated by the FBI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss and National Security Division Trial Attorney Matthew Chang.
18:1832(a)(1) - THEFT OF TRADE SECRETS with Forfeiture Allegation
(a) Whoever, with intent to convert a trade secret, that is related to or included in a product that is produced for or placed in interstate or foreign commerce, to the economic benefit of anyone other than the owner thereof, and intending or knowing that the offense will, injure any owner of that trade secret, knowingly—
(1) steals, or without authorization appropriates, takes, carries away, or conceals, or by fraud, artifice, or deception obtains such information;
(2) without authorization copies, duplicates, sketches, draws, photographs, downloads, uploads, alters, destroys, photocopies, replicates, transmits, delivers, sends, mails, communicates, or conveys such information;
(3) receives, buys, or possesses such information, knowing the same to have been stolen or appropriated, obtained, or converted without authorization;
(4) attempts to commit any offense described in paragraphs (1) through (3); or
(5) conspires with one or more other persons to commit any offense described in paragraphs (1) through (3), and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy,
shall, except as provided in subsection (b), be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
(b) Any organization that commits any offense described in subsection (a) shall be fined not more than $5,000,000.
Outcome: Defendant pleaded guilty.