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Federal grand jury indicts scientists from China accused of stealing seeds from US company
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 12:39 PM EST
KANSAS CITY, Kan.
Two scientists from China have been indicted on federal charges accusing them of stealing seeds developed by a U.S. bioscience company and giving the seeds to members of a visiting delegation from China.
Zhang and Yan were initially charged in a federal complaint last week with conspiracy to steal trade secrets. They're both in custody. Their lawyers didn't immediately return calls seeking comment Friday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection confiscated the seeds from the delegation before they flew home to China in August.