Chinese nationwide arrested in US probe of potential switch of software program to China


Washington, August 29

A Chinese nationwide who’s a researcher at a California college was arrested and charged with destroying a pc laborious drive throughout an FBI investigation into the potential switch of delicate software program to China, the US Justice Department mentioned on Friday.

Guan Lei, 29, of Alhambra, California, a researcher on the University of California, Los Angeles, was arrested after he was seen throwing a broken laborious drive right into a dumpster exterior his condo in July, the division mentioned in an announcement.

“Guan is being investigated for possibly transferring sensitive US software or technical data to China’s National University of Defense Technology” and falsely denying his affiliation with the Chinese navy on his visa software and in interviews with federal brokers, the Justice Department mentioned.

The assertion didn’t say when the investigation began.

Guan made an preliminary court docket look on Friday and an arraignment was scheduled for September 17, the assertion mentioned. The felony offence of destruction of proof carries a most sentence of 20 years in federal jail. Reuters



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