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Engineer Who Made False Statements to Agents in Connection with Theft of Trade Secrets Sentenced

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 08, 2013
  • District of Connecticut (203) 821-3700

Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Jian Mi, 39, a citizen of China and a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to one year of probation for lying to federal agents investigating the theft of trade secrets from her employer.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 22, 2011, Jian Mi knowingly made a materially false statement to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by informing them that she had not shared sensitive proprietary information with a competitor of her previous employer. At the time, she knew that she had, in fact, e-mailed a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation to representatives of the competitor where she was applying for a job as an engineer.

As part of her sentence, Jian Mi was ordered to pay restitution of $81,888 to her previous employer as reimbursement for costs the company had incurred investigating her conduct.

On July 17, 2013, Jian Mi pleaded guilty to one count of count of making a false statement to a federal law enforcement officer.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul H. McConnell.