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Plot Thickens in Renault Spy Case

Company security agent arrested for fraud.

by on Mar.14, 2011

Carlos Ghosn now faces both a spy scandal at Renault and the impact of the Japanese earthquake on Nissan.

The ongoing investigation into claims that Chinese spies had infiltrated the French carmaker Renault has taken another turn worthy of a pulp spy novel.

A company security agent is now facing charges of “organized fraud,” accused of inventing the claim of industrial espionage that saw three senior Renault executives come under a cloud of suspicion.  While those managers now seem totally exonerated, it is unclear if others might face charges in what is now being described as a scam.

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The latest twist could further complicate matters for Renault’s chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, who came under fire for his outspoken comments early on in what was billed as a Chinese effort to tap into the French maker’s aggressive electric vehicle program.  Complicating matters personally for Ghosn, he also serves as CEO for Renault’s Japanese alliance partner, Nissan, and is now overseeing efforts to try to figure out just how much damage the Asian maker suffered as the result of last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Ex Ford Engineer Arrested for Spying for Chinese

He allegedly copied thousands of sensitive documents.

by on Oct.16, 2009

The FBI has arrested a former Ford engineer and charged him with illegally copying thousands of secret documents he allegedly provided a Chinese company.

The FBI arrested a former Ford engineer who is charged with illegally copying documents, which he then provided to a Chinese company.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a former Ford Motor Co. engineer on charges of stealing secrets from the automaker and selling them to a Chinese supplier.

Xiang Dong, aka Mike Yu, 47, of Beijing, China, was charged in a five-count federal indictment with theft of trade secrets, attempted theft of trade secrets and unauthorized access to a protected computer, Terrence Berg, US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan said Thursday in announcing the charges, which followed an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Yu was arrested on October 14, 2009 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago after re-entering the United States following a visit to China.

Trade Secrets and Other Stories.

Trade Secrets and Other Stories.

Yu was a product engineer at Ford from 1997 to 2007 and he had access to Ford trade secrets, including Ford design documents.  Yu left Ford for a job with the American subsidiary of a Chinese company, according to the indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Detroit.

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