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.
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.