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U.S. Charges Chinese Oil Employee With Stealing Secrets

  • Hongjin Tan was arrested Dec. 20, Justice Department says
  • Phillips 66 says cooperating with FBI on probe of ex-employee
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Hongjin Tan, a Chinese national who worked for a U.S. petroleum company, was arrested Dec. 20 and charged with theft of trade secrets from his employer.

Tan “allegedly stole trade secrets related to a product worth more than $1 billion from his U.S.-based petroleum company employer, to use for the benefit of a Chinese company where he was offered employment,” John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, said in a Justice Department statement on Friday.