The lawsuit against an ex-Dow AgroSciences researcher who stole trade secrets worth approximately $7 million from the company and gave them to a Chinese university ended with a prison sentence of seven years and three months, according to prosecutors who spoke with Businessweek.com.  

U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in Indianapolis sentenced Kexue Huang, 46, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett’s office.

Huang is Chinese national that pleaded guilty in October to economic espionage. He worked for Dow in Indianapolis from 2003 to 2008 and researched the development of organically derived pesticides, according to Businessweek.com.

The case is the first to be tried in Indiana under a provision of the Economic Espionage Act, which bans trade-secret stealing to benefit a foreign government.

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