Sandia National Labs Scientist Arrested
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com
A Sandia National Labs scientist was arrested recently because he allegedly stole laboratory research and shared it with China.
Jianyu Huang is being accused of stealing research belonging to the U.S. that he claimed was his own original research that he shared with several Chinese universities. He went online to share the data with the country’s state-run schools.
Sandia National Labs said that he did not have access to classified national security information.
The lab said that Huang was fired in April for removing a company-owned laptop from the facility.
Sandia is known for its nuclear research, as well as the disposal of the U.S. nuclear weapons program’s hazardous waste. The company is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Huang started working on nanotechnology at a Sandia Labs research center that focuses on nanotechnology five years ago.
Huang has been indicted on five counts of federal program fraud, and one count of false statements, according to court papers.
Lab workers are not allowed to take any lab equipment on international trips without approval. Sandia released a statement on Monday saying it expects all employees to follow procedures.
Huang’s indictment in May was sealed until Monday, and he was arrested for the charges over the weekend.
He will be arraigned on the charges Tuesday, and remains in federal custody.