Woman arrested in seed theft case released on bond

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The Chinese woman arrested July 1 for allegedly participating in stealing trade secrets and patented seed corn from the United States is now free on bond after a judge determined she could be monitored until the trial.

Mo Yun was charged earlier in July with conspiring to steal trade secrets was allowed to post a bond of $250,000. As part of her release, the judge ordered she wear a GPS monitor and must stay at home in Des Moines between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily.

Judge Robert Pratt denied Mo’s request to be able to leave the United States and return to China to visit her two children, a 12-year old son and a 5-year old daughter. Mo can only stay in Iowa, but the judge said he might consider allowing Mo to travel to California to visit her children under strict supervision and with prior permission from the court.

In a written statement, Jude Pratt said the government’s case against Mo is “thin” and he didn’t think she deserved overly restrictive rules for her release.

Originally, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Greiss wanted to keep Mo in custody until the Dec. 1 trial. Attorneys for Mo argued that the government’s case against her is weak because it’s built on misinterpreted instant messages between her and her brother Mo Hailong, who is in custody and also charged with attempting to steal trade secrets. He is also scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 1.

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