Scientists Indicted For Allegedly Stealing Biopharmaceutical Trade Secrets
An indictment was filed today charging five people in an alleged scheme to steal biopharmaceutical trade secrets from pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
Names of Chinese charged:
Charged in the conspiracy are: Yu Xue, 45, of Wayne, PA; Tao Li, 42, of Nanjing, China; Yan Mei, 36, of Nanjing, China; Tian Xue, 45, of Charlotte, NC; and Lucy Xi, 38, of West Lake Village, CA.
Details of Indictment:
The indictment includes charges of conspiracy to steal trade secrets, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, theft of trade secrets, and wire fraud.
Yu Xue and Lucy Xi were scientists working at GSK’s research facility in Upper Merion, PA. According to the indictment, the defendants engaged in a scheme to steal trade secrets related to GSK research data, procedures, and manufacturing processes for biopharmaceutical products. Many of the biopharmaceutical products targeted were designed to treat cancer or other serious diseases. Yu Xue, Tao Li, and Yan Mei formed a corporation in China called Renopharma allegedly to market and sell the stolen trade secret information. It is further alleged that in order to hide the proceeds of the crime, Yu Xue, Tao Li, and Yan Mei agreed to title the proceeds in the name of Yu Xue’s sister, Tian Xue, and other family members.
If convicted of all charges, each defendant faces a possible prison term, fines, restitution, special assessments, and a term of supervised release.
Case under Investigation:
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Livermore.
Chinese are expanding their arms into every kind of under hand techniques to steal trade secrets from America. Even scientists are not sparing the crime of stealing trade secrets. In Pakistan, they have paved their way through China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and making friends with PM Nawaz Shareef to get all kinds of benefits in return.
FBI should be cautious in granting visas to the Chinese, whether they come for visit, study or business. Careful evaluation should be done and all those present there in America, their data should be maintained, including their relatives - to stop such money laundering issues within Chinese families.