November 12, 2019 / 9:29 PM / 23 days ago

Chinese national pleads guilty in U.S. court to stealing trade secrets

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - A Chinese national pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the theft of trade secrets from a U.S. petroleum company that employed him, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Hongjin Tan, 35, stole information from a U.S.-based petroleum company regarding the manufacture of a “research and development downstream energy market product” that is worth more than $1 billion, the department said in a statement. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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