Resentment, an insatiable appetite for women and an even larger appetite for cash are all elements that led to an insider threat that spelled a devastating theft of U.S. technology by a Chinese company.
But this time, the culprit was caught – or at least, the company behind him was.
On Jan. 24, 2018, after deliberating for less than half a day, a federal jury in Madison, Wisc., found Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd. guilty on all counts of stealing the software technology of AMSC, a U.S. company.
Sinovel’s actions were “nothing short of attempted corporate homicide,” in the words of John Vaudreuil, then the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.
For decades, Chinese firms have gotten away with stealing U.S. technology. What is different about the Sinovel case is that for the first time, a Chinese company has been charged and convicted of crimes in a U.S. federal criminal court.