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FBI: Two Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets

August 8, 1993

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Two Europeans were arrested at a hotel Saturday for allegedly stealing trade secrets worth $10 million from an Owens-Corning fiberglass plant in Belgium.

A French-speaking FBI agent who posed as an Owens-Corning competitor interested in buying documents stolen from the plant in Batiste, Belgium, recovered the documents and made the arrests, said FBI spokesman Larry Curtin.

Marcel Pauly, 48, and Michel Russo, 34, were arrested after discussing the papers and offering them for viewing, the FBI said.

Pauly is a French national and was an Owens-Corning mechanic for 20 years, authorities said. Russo is an Italian private investigator who was born in Belgium,

The paperwork detailed the manufacturing process of fiberglass reinforcement for plastics used in automotive, electrical and appliance parts, Curtin said.

Both men were charged with interstate transportation of stolen property. If convicted, each faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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