SoCal Engineer Accused|of Economic Espionage

LOS ANGELES (CN) — An engineer for a Southern California defense contractor has been arrested and charged with trying to sell “sensitive satellite information” to a person he thought was a foreign intelligence agent, federal prosecutors said.
     Gregory Allen Justice, 49, of Culver City, was arrested Thursday and charged with economic espionage and violating the Arms Export Control Act, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He was ordered detained pending trial.
     In an affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, an FBI agent said Justice stole proprietary trade secret materials from his employer and sold them to a person he believed to be a foreign intelligence agent — but was an FBI undercover agent. The documents contained technical data covered by the U.S. Munitions List and controlled for export under International Traffic in Arms Regulations, prosecutors said.If convicted, he could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for economic espionage and 20 years for violating the Arms Export Control Act.

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