WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — An ex-IBM Corp. software developer has pleaded guilty in New York to economic espionage and theft-of-a-trade secret.
Xu Jiaqiang (shoo jee-ah-chahng) entered the plea Friday in White Plains federal court.
Prosecutors say in a release that the 31-year-old onetime Beijing, China, resident stole computer code to benefit the National Health and Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China.
Xu was first arrested in December 2015 in White Plains. Sentencing was set for Oct. 13.
Most Read Stories
- Seahawks' Richard Sherman, dozens of athletes respond to Trump's rant against NFL player protests
- GOP’s know-nothing approach to health care is symptom of a bigger disease | Danny Westneat
- A daring betrayal helped wipe out Cali cocaine cartel
- Huskies get first test of season out of the way and they aced it with win at Colorado | Larry Stone
- Pete Carroll responds to Trump comments, backs Seahawks: 'We stand for our players and their constitutional rights'
IBM has declined to comment on the case.
Xu had been accused of stealing and converting the company’s source code for a piece of proprietary software for his own use. An indictment said he then planned to use it to help the Chinese agency between November 2014 and December 2015.