Chinese Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Trade Secrets From St. Louis-Based Company To Benefit The Chinese Government

Chinese Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Trade Secrets From St. Louis-Based Company To Benefit The Chinese Government


A Chinese national pleaded guilty on Thursday to using his “insider status” at an international company based in St. Louis, Missouri, to steal trade secrets for the Chinese government. 

According to authorities and court documents, Xiang Haitao, 44, a former resident of St. Louis county, conspired to steal trade secrets from Monsanto, an agricultural biotechnology company best known for its product “Roundup.”

“Despite Xiang’s agreements to protect Monsanto’s intellectual property and repeated training on his obligations to do so, Xiang has now admitted that he stole a trade secret from Monsanto, transferred it to a memory card and attempted to take it to the People’s Republic of China for the benefit of Chinese government,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security

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