Ex-Monsanto Scientist Gets 2 Years For Economic Espionage

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By Lauren Berg (April 7, 2022, 9:19 PM EDT) — A former scientist for Bayer AG’s Monsanto Co. who tried to board a flight to China with an algorithm developed by the agrochemical giant loaded on his electronic devices was sentenced Thursday to more than two years behind bars, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Xiang Haitao, 44, a Chinese national formerly residing in Chesterfield, Missouri, who pled guilty in January to conspiring to steal the trade secret from Monsanto for the purpose of benefiting a foreign government, was sentenced to 29 months in prison and ordered to pay a $150,000 fine, the DOJ said.

“The defendant took advantage of living…

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