NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) Federal prosecutors say an engineer at General Electric”s upstate New York turbine manufacturing plant has been charged with stealing the company”s trade secrets.
The U.S. Attorney”s Office says Wednesday 55-year-old Xiaoqing Zheng (JOW”-shing zehng) removed electronic files with company trade secrets involving its turbine technologies and hid data files in a digital photograph of a sunset. Prosecutors say he then emailed the picture to his email account.
FBI agents took Zheng away in handcuffs earlier Wednesday at his home in Niskayuna (nihs-kee-YOO”-nuh), 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Albany.
The neighboring city of Schenectady (skeh-NEHK”-ta-dee) is home to Boston-based GE”s power division, which makes turbines.
During a brief court appearance Zheng was ordered detained. He”s scheduled to return to court Thursday, when he”s expected to get a lawyer.
GE says it has cooperated in the FBI investigation.