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Feds: Niskayuna man admits stealing GE trade secrets

Feds: Niskayuna man admits stealing GE trade secrets

He pleaded guilty Thursday, prosecutors say
Feds: Niskayuna man admits stealing GE trade secrets
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ALBANY - A Niskayuna man admitted Thursday to stealing trade secrets from General Electric, U.S. Attorney's officials said.

Yang Sui,. 42, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court and admitted that between 2015 and 2017 he stole from GE multiple electronic files pertaining to research, design and manufacture of silicon carbide MOSFETs.

MOSFETs stands for metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors. They are used in a variety of GE's parts and products, including aviation equipment and wind turbines, officials said.

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Sui is set to be sentenced in September and faces a maximum possible term of 10 years and up to a $250,000 fine or up to twice the gain from the thefts, prosecutors said. The final sentence is to be determined by the judge at sentencing.

The case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss and National Security Division Trial Attorney Matthew Chang.

The case is also one of several in recent years brought over trade secret thefts from GE. 

Two former GE engineers pleaded guilty in another case to conspiring to steal trade secrets. The case against another, charged in August 2018, remains pending.

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