NJ jury mulls accusations Chinese man took secrets

Associated Press Modified: September 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm •  Published: September 25, 2012

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jury deliberations started Tuesday in the case of an Illinois man accused of taking trade secrets from his job with a New Jersey-based defense contractor and presenting them at two conferences in his native China.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have charged Sixing Liu with exporting defense-related data without a license, lying to authorities and possessing stolen trade secrets. His attorney, James Tunick, argued that Liu had no nefarious intent and had downloaded information on his personal laptop to work on outside the office. He also said Liu was unfamiliar with import-export laws and had been given only brief employee training on the handling of proprietary information.

The 47-year-old Liu, a legal permanent U.S. resident, was living in New Jersey and working at New Jersey-based Space & Navigation, a division of New York company L3 Communications that develops navigation devices and other components for the Department of Defense. From March 2009 to November 2010, he was a senior staff engineer with the research and development team at the company.

Liu was arrested at his home in Deerfield, Ill., in March 2011, accused of taking restricted military data and presenting it at two conferences in China the previous fall.

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