Jury convicts ex-GE engineer of economic espionage conspiracy

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By Stewart Bishop (April 1, 2022, 7:37 PM EDT) – A federal jury in New York has convicted a former General Electric Co. engineer of an alleged conspiracy to steal GE’s steam turbine trade secrets for the benefit of himself and the Chinese government.

After a four-week trial, jurors on Thursday returned a mixed verdict for Xiaoqing Zheng, 59, of Niskayuna, New York, convicting him of one count of conspiracy to commit murder. economic espionage, acquitting him on substantive charges of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets and deadlocked on seven other charges. Michael Barnett, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York, told Law360 that prosecutors…

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