-- Counterfeit Trafficker Gets 57 Month Prison Term, $7 Million Forfeited On October 12, 2007, in the Eastern District of Virginia, Abbas Chouman, 43, of Astoria, N.Y., was sentenced to serve 57 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson of the Eastern District of Virginia. Chouman was also ordered to forfeit $7 million. Chouman pleaded guilty to conspiracy on July 3, 2007, for operating a store that sold more than $7 million worth of counterfeit clothing. He was the fifth of seven defendants to be sentenced as a result of Operation Throwback, a multi-agency, multi-state federal enforcement operation targeting traffickers in counterfeit and pirated goods that resulted in arrests in four states during March of this year.
-- Two Bay Area Men Indicted on Charges of Economic Espionage On September 26, 2007, in the Northern District of California, two Bay Area men were indicted on charges of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets, and a related conspiracy charge. Defendants Lan Lee and Yuefi Ge allegedly conspired to steal trade secrets involving computer chip design and development from their employer and another company, and sought to obtain venture capital funding from the government of China, in particular the 863 Program and the General Armaments Department. The 863 Program is a funding plan created and operated by the government of the People's Republic of China, also known as the national High Technology Research Development Program.
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|SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice|
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