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Former Pratt & Whitney Engineer Charged for Stealing Confidential Information

December 10, 2014

    Yu Long, former engineer of Pratt & Whitney and previous employee of United Technologies, was charged with possession of confidential information regarding titanium used for U.S. military planes.  On August 19, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection found him carrying $10,000, which was not declared.  He also possessed documents linking him to a new company in China that would allow him to conduct aerospace studies there.  He was officially arrested in New York on November 7th of this year for carrying confidential U.S. military aircraft documents.  Since the Tiananmen Square Massacre in in 1989, no U.S. defense documents have been allowed to be transferred to China.  These materials contained equations and results from various studies for advanced titanium.  Evidence showed that the documents had been printed while Long was an employee at Pratt & Whitney, who had been given the documents to work  on lowering costs of various metals important for military use.  Long could face ten years in prison and a $250,000 penalty.

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