Chinese national sentenced for economic espionage, theft of trade secret

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WHITE PLAINS – A Chinese national was sentenced in White Plains federal court on Thursday to five years in prison for economic espionage and theft of a trade secret in connection with his theft of proprietary source code from his former employer. His intent was to benefit the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China.
Xu Jiaqiang had previously pled guilty to all six counts with which he was charged.            
He was arrested following meetings with undercover law enforcement officers at a hotel in White Plains where he said he had used the proprietary source code he stole to make software to sell to customers and that he knew that code was a product of decades of work on the part of the victim company and that he used that code to build a copy of the proprietary software.