Ex-DuPont chemist accused of taking confidential documents
October 5, 2009
The Associated Press reports that federal authorities have charged a former DuPont Co. chemist with downloading confidential company documents after he left the company. Authorities said that 43-year-old Hong Meng transferred hundreds of documents involving organic light-emitting diodes to his personal computer. Meng faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted of exceeding authorized access from a protected computer. Authorities say Meng resigned from a DuPont facility in Wilmington to take a job with the company in China. However, a DuPont spokesman says Meng was fired because he violated his employment agreement. Authorities say he had also accepted a position at Peking University in Beijing and may have planned to commercialize the technology there.