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California man sentenced to 15 years for corporate spying on DuPont

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28 million after his rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China the technology that creates a white pigment. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in Oakland said Walter Liew had “turned against his adopted country over greed.” A jury previously convicted the 56-year-old Liew of receiving $28 million from companies controlled by the Chinese government in exchange for DuPont Co.’s secret recipe for making cars, paper and a long list of everyday items whiter. White noted that U.S. authorities had managed to trace $22 million of that money to various...

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