Former Motorola engineer gets 4 year sentence for stealing secrets
A former Motorola software engineer who lived in Schaumburg was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for stealing trade secrets from the company.
Hanjuan Jin was found guilty in February on three counts of theft of trade secrets but was cleared of economic espionage charges that accused her of intending to pass the information to the Chinese military.
Jin faced a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count.
Jin, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in China, worked for Motorola from 1998 to 2007. Federal authorities stopped her Feb. 28, 2007, during a random search at O’Hare International Airport. Jin had a one-way ticket to Beijing.
Customs agents discovered $30,000 in her luggage, as well as more than 1,000 confidential technical documents — paper copies and on her computer hard drive. A later search of her home found evidence that Jin had consulted on projects for a company in China since 2004 and e-mails indicating she intended to return to China to work for the company.
Jin waived her right to a jury trial, putting her case in the hands of U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo, who sentenced her Wednesday.
Motorola split into two companies last year.