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Mak. A sec­ond trial is set for June 5. Chi and Tai Mak were born in Guang­dong, China; Chi Mak is a nat­u­ral­ized U.S. ci­ti­zen. Pros­e­cu­tors may try to use the May 10 ver­dict to reach plea bar­gains with other fam­ily mem­bers.

Chi Mak was an elec­tri­cal engineer at Power Paragon, a de­fense con­trac­tor for the Navy. Power Paragon is a sub­sidiary of L-3/SPD Tech­nolo­gies/Power Sys­tems Group. Among the projects on which Mak worked were the Navy’s Quiet Elec­tric Drive, which of­fi­cials said is a high-tech­nol­ogy sys­tem that will al­low huge ship en­gines to run as quiet as a Lexus at idle.

As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Craig Mis­sakian said in clos­ing ar­gu­ments Mon­day that Mak was “spy­ing for China” and sought to pro­vide China’s mil­i­tary with “a win­dow into the en­gine room of a sub­ma­rine.”

Mak de­nied he was a spy for China and said un­der de­fense ques­tion­ing in the trial that he had done noth­ing wrong by sup­ply­ing his brother Tai Mak with the de­fense tech­nol­ogy doc­u­ments, which pros­e­cu­tors say Tai Mak had en­coded on com­puter disks be­fore trav­el­ing to China to give them to Pu Pei-liang, a re­searcher at the Chi­nese Cen­ter for Asia Pa­cific Stud­ies at Zhong­shan Uni­ver­sity, which has links to China’s mil­i­tary.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested Tai Mak and his wife at Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Oc­to­ber 2005 with the doc­u­ments in their lug­gage that were la­beled “pro­pri­etary” and “re­stricted” for ex­port. Chi Mak and his wife were ar­rested at their home.

U.S. of­fi­cials close to the case said the spy­ing op­er­a­tion showed China’s so­phis­ti­ca­tion at gath­er­ing de­fense tech­nol­ogy to fur­ther Bei­jing’s rapid mil­i­tary buildup. The trial pro­vided a rare look into the shad­owy world of Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy col­lec­tion ef­forts in the United States.

Dur­ing the trial, an FBI agent tes­ti­fied that a dis­tant rel­a­tive of Chi Mak, Gu Wei Hao, had tried to re­cruit him for work as a messenger.

The FBI iden­ti­fied Mr. Gu as a Chi­nese gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial who had tried to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion on the space shut­tle from a Boe­ing engineer named Greg Chung. Let­ters from Mr. Gu also were found in a search of Mak’s home, and one of the let­ters told Mr. Chung to pass in­for­ma­tion through Mak be­cause he was a rel­a­tive.

“This chan­nel is much safer than oth­ers,” Mr. Gu wrote.

This ar­ti­cle is based in part on wire ser­vice re­ports.

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