A DuPont Co. engineer and co-conspirator in a plot to sell company trade secrets to Chinese government-owned companies will spend two and one-half years in prison. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White sentenced Robert Maegerle to prison Wednesday and ordered him to pay $750,000 in restitution for conspiring with Walter Liew in a scheme to sell titanium dioxide to Pangang Group companies.
The government sought three years in prison saying the full six and one-half year sentence he could receive under the Sentencing Guidelines was too severe. Maegerle had, following his conviction, withdrawn post-trial claims for a mistrial and accepted responsibility.
“Maegerle was not a one man crime spree, as the court described Walter Liew,” the government said in its sentencing recommendation.
The government said Maegerle, who received $370,000, was far less culpable than Liew, who received $20 million.
By contrast, Liew received a 15-year sentence earlier this year.
Maegerle, who is 79, has no criminal record.
Liew and Maegerle were convicted of selling the process for making titanium dioxide, a compound used for the white pigment in paint, to the Chinese controlled firm.
Case: U.S. v. Maegerle, No. 11-572JSW
Liability depends on proof of negligence. Tort law also covers property rights which is different in civil litigation. In this way, our business market will be protected. Good decision.