Defendants Walter Liew, Christina Liew
, Robert Maegerle, and Tze Chao obtained and possessed TiO2 trade secrets belonging to DuPont
The proceeds were wired through the United States, Singapore, and ultimately back into several bank accounts in the PRC in the names of relatives of Christina Liew
The five individuals charged in the indictment are:
·Walter Lian-Heen Liew (aka Liu Yuanxuan), 54, of Orinda, Calif.
Mr. Liew is a naturalized U.S. citizen and co-owner of USAPTI.
is charged with conspiracy to commit economic espionage, conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets, attempted economic espionage, attempted theft of trade secrets, possession of trade secrets, conveying trade secrets, conspiracy to obstruct justice, witness tampering, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, and false statements.
was charged in August 2011 with obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI
was arrested at that time and has been ordered detained pending trial based on a finding by Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins that he
is a flight risk.
next scheduled court appearance is before the Honorable Jeffrey S. White on Feb. 9, 2012, at 2:00 pm.
is an Oakland, California-based engineering consulting company owned and operated by Walter and Christina Liew