Prison for Trade Secrets Theft Co-conspirator

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  Maegerle had, following his conviction, withdrawn post-trial claims for a mistrial and accepted responsibility.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



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