Ex-IBMer Faces Espionage Charges

Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 12:06 PM gHale


An ex-IBM Corp. software developer, is now facing economic espionage charges, federal prosecutors said.

Xu Jiaqiang stole computer code to benefit the National Health and Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China, federal prosecutors said. The new allegations were in a rewritten indictment unveiled Tuesday.

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Police first arrested Xu last December in White Plains, NY, on a theft-of-trade-secrets charge and he pleaded not guilty. He will be arraigned Thursday on the new charges.

IBM has declined to comment on the case.

The indictment accuses Xu of stealing and converting the company’s source code for a piece of proprietary software for his own use. The indictment then said planned to use it to help the Chinese agency between November 2014 and last December.