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Lansing chemist found guilty of various charges

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A Lansing chemist has been found guilty of conspiracy to steal trade secrets, economic espionage, and wire fraud.

59-year-old Dr. Xiaorong You was convicted by a federal jury in Greenville, Tennessee after a 12-day trial. The U.S. Department of Justice says You had stolen valuable trade secrets related to bisphenol-A-free , or BPA-free, coatings for the inside of beverage cans. Beverage companies are looking for BPA-free alternatives to avoid potential health risks.

You worked for both Coca-Cola and Eastman Chemical Company at the time.

Those secrets belonged to several companies, including Michigan-based Dow Chemical, and cost $120-million dollars to develop.

Court documents indicate that You planned to use the secrets to set up a new company in China. The Chinese government gave You and a partner millions of dollars to support the effort.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 1st.