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Chinese national charged with stealing trade secrets - U.S. Justice Dept

 Chinese national charged with stealing trade secrets - U.S. Justice Dept

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday a Chinese national had been arrested for stealing trade secrets from a U.S.-based petroleum company, his employer, related to a product worth more than $1 billion.

The Chinese national, Hongjin Tan, allegedly downloaded hundreds of files related to the manufacture of a "research and development downstream energy market product," which he planned to use to benefit a company in China that had offered him a job, the Justice Department said. He was arrested on Thursday and will next appear in court on Wednesday, the department said.

(Reporting by Makini Brice; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Updated Date: Dec 22, 2018 04:05:59 IST

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