About seven months ago, a Chicago judge found that a former Motorola Solutions Inc. employee was guilty of stealing trade secrets from the company and trying to flee to China. Yesterday, the judge sentenced that rogue employee to four years in prison.
Hanjuan Jin, a 41-year-old Chicago-area resident who was born in China, worked for Motorola as a software engineer from 1998 to 2007. In February 2007, federal authorities stopped her during a routine screening at O’Hare International Airport. They discovered that Jin had $30,000 in her luggage, more than 1,000 confidential technical documents from Motorola and a one-way ticket to Beijing. Later, investigators found that Jin had been consulting for a Chinese telecommunications company since 2004 and intended to return to China to work for the company, which develops products for the Chinese military.