Charge filed in chem­i­cal trade se­crets case

Houston Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

DOVER, Del. — Fed­eral prose­cu­tors say a for­mer em­ployee of a chem­i­cal com­pany that spun off from the DuPont Co. in 2015 has been charged with con­spir­ing to steal trade se­crets and sell them to Chi­nese in­vestors.

An in­dict­ment un­sealed this week ac­cuses Che­mours Co. ex-worker Jerry Jin­dong Xu of try­ing to steal in­for­ma­tion about sodium cyanide, a chem­i­cal used in min­ing. Che­mours is the world’s largest pro­ducer of sodium cyanide.

Ar­rested in New York in Au­gust, Xu re­mained in fed­eral cus­tody fol­low­ing a sealed bail hear­ing this week. He faces up to 10 years in prison if con­victed. Xu’s lawyer didn’t re­spond Thurs­day to an email seek­ing com­ment.

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