Chinese employee pleads guilty to theft of trade secrets from US petroleum company

A plea agreement calls for Tan to serve up to two years in prison and pay restitution of USD 150,000.

Published: 14th November 2019 12:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2019 12:07 AM   |  A+A-

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By Associated Press

TULSA: Federal prosecutors say a Chinese national employed by a US petroleum company has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing trade secrets from his employer.

Authorities say 35-year-old Hongjin Tan pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Tulsa to the theft of a trade secret, unauthorized transmission of a trade secret and unauthorized possession of a trade secret.

A plea agreement calls for Tan to serve up to two years in prison and pay restitution of USD 150,000.

Tan's attorney, Ryan Ray, hasn't returned a telephone message seeking comment.

Court documents indicate Tan worked for Phillips 66 when he stole secrets related to the development of “next-generation battery technologies” worth more than USD 1 billion.

Sentencing is set for February 2020.

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