INDIANAPOLIS— A former scientist accused of illegally sending trade secrets worth $300 million to China and Germany has been charged with economic espionage.
A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday charged 45-year-old Kexue Huang with theft and attempted theft of trade secrets to benefit a foreign government.
Prosecutors say Huang passed insecticide information on to Hunan Normal University while he worked as a researcher for Dow AgroSciences from 2003 to 2008.
Magistrate Judge Kennard Foster entered a not-guilty plea on Huang's behalf.
Defense attorney Michael Donahoe calls the alleged scheme "hypothetical" and says Huang maintains his innocence.
Huang has been held since his arrest July 13 in Westborough, Massachusetts, where he now lives.