FBI: Lucent Workers Stole Secrets
By JEFFREY GOLD
Associated Press Writer
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Federal authorities Thursday charged two Lucent Technologies scientists and a third person with stealing and giving company technology to a Chinese company.
The three men were arrested by the FBI on Thursday and were scheduled to appear in federal court for a hearing in the afternoon, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Arrested at their homes were Hai Lin of Scotch Plains and Kai Xu of Somerset, the Lucent scientists, and Yong Qing Cheng of East Brunswick, FBI agent Sandra Carroll said.
Lucent Technologies, based in Murray Hill, makes telecommunications equipment and once was part of AT&T Corp.
Lucent spokesman Bill Price said the company has been cooperating with the FBI and U.S. attorney’s investigation ``into the theft of company equipment and intellectual property.″
``We notified them as soon as we became aware of the activities and have been assisting them in the investigation,″ Price said.
He said he could not immediately disclose the nature of the theft, its value or how long the scientists worked at Lucent.
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