The Chinese in the U.S. admitted to stealing Monsanto’s secret business and economics

Xiang Haitao faces up to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to commit economic espionage.

The U.S. Department of Justice stated that a Chinese citizen pleaded guilty in the Missouri Federal Court on Thursday for conspiring to steal the trade secrets of Monsanto Agricultural Corporation for the benefit of the Chinese government.

The US Department of Justice said in a statement that Xiang Haitao was employed by Monsanto and its subsidiaries from 2008 to 2017, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit economic espionage, and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 7. He will face up to 15 years in prison.

The statement stated that federal officials discovered that Xiang Xiang had a copy of a proprietary prediction algorithm developed by Monsanto, while he was waiting to board a plane to China in June 2017.

It said he was allowed to fly to China, where he worked at the Institute of Soil Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The statement stated that he was arrested when he returned to the United States.