Trial set for woman accused of spying for China at Motorola

August 14, 2008 1:58:03 PM PDT
The trial for an accused Chinese corporate spy living in Schaumburg will begin early next year. Federal authorities say software engineer, Hanjuan Jin, stole top-secret files from Motorola last year and planned to sell them to a Chinese tech company. Today, U.S. District Court Judge Ruben Castillo set her trial date for January 5th, 2009.

Jin did not appear in court, but her lawyer, Tom Breen, told Judge Castillo that this is a document driven case and he has thousands of files to go through.

According to a federal indictment, Jin was carrying $600 million in corporate secrets in February of 2007 when she was about to board a plane at O'Hare bound for Beijing. During a routine check, custom agents discovered she was carrying $30,000 in cash, not the $10,000 she had declared. Federal agents say they searched her luggage and found a laptop computer and more than 30 compact data storage devices containing stolen Motorola files.

The 37-year-old Chinese-born American citizen claims she had been on medical leave from Motorola and was taking the files with her to China to do work while visiting her mother and husband. In an interview with the I-Team this summer, Ms. Jin said that she did nothing illegal and that federal authorities were mistaken.

Click here to watch the exclusive I-Team report and get additional Jin-related document.


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