(ConservativeInsider.org) – China relentlessly tries to use spies to steal trade secrets from American companies, from the technology that lines beverage containers to top-secret computer chips used in missiles. However, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is constantly fighting back against this threat, and it just announced another win in the ongoing battle against these Chinese thieves.
On Thursday, July 22, the DOJ announced that a Los Angeles-based electrical engineer named Yi-Chi Shih has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, on top of a $300,000 fine and a charge of $362,698 to be paid in restitution. Shih was convicted on multiple counts of fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to federal officials, all of which contributed to his sentence.
The FBI shared more about the case on Twitter:
Engineer Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison for Conspiring to Illegally Export to China Semiconductor Chips with Military Uses: Yi-Chi Shih, an engineer who schemed to illegally obtain integrated circuits with military applications that were ex… https://t.co/IJlcGBQkDu
— FBI Los Angeles (@FBILosAngeles) July 23, 2021
Shih stole broadband, high-powered semiconductor chips from a US company with the intention of selling them to the People’s Republic of China. Shih used both a China-based and a Hollywood Hills-based company in an attempt to conceal his thievery, but was eventually discovered through a joint effort between the IRS, FBI, and US Department of Commerce.
In a time where it seems China is a constant threat to American prosperity, it’s comforting to see our government taking legal action against Chinese spies. Hopefully, this ruling discourages others from doing the same.
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