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Chinese are accused of theft of seed trade secrets

Observed Near Dysart

January 4, 2014
U.S. Attorney’s Office & The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

DES MOINES- United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt announced the indictment on Dec. 17, of six Chinese nationals for conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed companies.

The indictment alleges that from on or about April of 2011, to on or about December of 2012, Mo Hailong, Li Shaoming, Wang Lei, Wang Hongwei, Ye Jian and Lin Yong conspired to steal the trade secrets of several U.S. based seed manufacturing companies, and transport those trade secrets to China for the benefit of their China-based seed company. Mo Hailong was previously charged by criminal complaint on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

The case may have first originated when Mo Hailong was observed digging in a Pioneer field near Dysart. Earlier it was reported the field was near Tama, but the latest court information indicates the case started in northeastern Tama County.

Mo Hailong is employed as the Director of International Business of the Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Company, which is part of DBN Group. DBN Group is believed to be a Chinese conglomerate with a corn seed subsidiary company, Kings Nower Seed.

Li Shaoming is Chief Executive Officer of Beijing Kings Nower Seed S & T Co., Ltd. Beijing Kings Nower Seed S & T, Co. (BKN) is the wholly owned seed subsidiary of DBN. Beijing Kings Nower Seed is headquartered in Beijing, China.

Wang Lei is a citizen and resident of China, and the Vice Chairman of Beijing Kings Nower Seed S & T CO., LTD.

Wang Hongwei is believed to be a resident of Quebec, Canada. Wang Hongwei is believed to be a citizen of both Canada and China.

Ye Jian is a citizen and resident of China, and a research manager for Beijing Kings Nower Seed S & T Co., Ltd.

Lin Yong is a citizen and resident of China, and an employee for Beijing Kings Nower Seed S & T Co., Ltd.

The defendants are alleged to have conspired to steal inbred corn seed from Dupont Pioneer, Monsanto, and LG Seeds. This "inbred" or "parent" line of seed constitutes valuable intellectual property of a seed producer. After stealing the inbred corn seed, the conspirators attempted to covertly transfer the inbred corn seed to China. The estimated loss on an inbred line of seed is approximately 5-8 years of research and a minimum of 30-40 million dollars.

Earlier release from U.S. Attorney's Office for Iowa's Southern District:

Chinese National Arrested for Conspiring to Steal Trade Secrets

December 12, 2013

DES MOINES,- United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt announced the arrest of Mo Hailong, also known as Robert Mo, for conspiracy to steal trade secrets. The criminal complaint alleges that from on or about September of 2011, to on or about October of 2012, Mo Hailong and other individuals conspired to steal the trade secrets of several U.S. based seed manufacturing companies, and transport those trade secrets to China for the benefit of their China-based seed company.

Mo Hailong is a Chinese national who became a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) in the United States pursuant to an H-1B visa. Mo Hailong is employed as the Director of International Business of the Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Company, which is part of DBN Group. DBN Group is believed to be a Chinese conglomerate with a corn seed subsidiary company, Kings Nower Seed.

During the course of the conspiracy, Mo Hailong and others are alleged to have stolen valuable inbred corn seed from production fields in Iowa and Illinois. This "inbred" or "parent" line of seed constitutes valuable intellectual property of a seed producer. After stealing the inbred corn seed, the conspirators attempted to covertly transfer the inbred corn seed to China.

The investigation was initiated when Dupont Pioneer security staff detected suspicious activity, and alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Dupont Pioneer, Monsanto and their staff have been fully cooperative throughout the investigation, which is being led by the FBI.

In accordance with the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct, the public is reminded that a criminal complaint constitutes facts supporting probable cause, and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 
 

 

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