A former DuPont scientist in the US has been jailed for stealing the company's trade secrets.
Former DuPont employee Gary Min was sentenced in a US court to 18 month's jail and ordered to pay a £15,000 fine after downloading trade secrets onto his laptop.
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Min downloaded thousands of documents unrelated to his job at DuPont shortly after being given a job offer by a rival company. He continued to download documents on to a corporate laptop given to him after he joined that company, the court heard.
"DuPont fully supports the sentence handed down to former employee Gary Min for theft of trade secrets. As a science company, DuPont takes aggressive measures to protect its unique and confidential technologies," said DuPont.
"Although we are troubled that Mr Min violated the trust placed in him, the criminal and civil actions brought against him demonstrate the actions that we will take to preserve the integrity of our proprietary science and technology for the benefit of DuPont shareholders and customers," DuPont said.
DuPont brought in the FBI to investigate the high number of certain documents being downloaded in 2005. Min was charged in 2006.