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Orange County man convicted in first-ever economic espionage trial

July 16, 2009 | 10:47 am

A Chinese-born engineer living in Orange County was convicted this morning in the first-ever trial under the Economic Espionage Act.

Dongfan “Greg” Chung, 73, of Orange, a former aerospace engineer at the Boeing plant in Huntington Beach, was immediately taken into custody. He had been free on bail since his arrest last year.

Investigators found some 300,000 documents in a search of his home — some of them stashed in the crawl space — that included plans for the fueling system of a Delta 4 rocket and an antenna system for the space shuttle.

Chung was also convicted of one count of acting as a foreign agent, one count of conspiring to violate the Economic Espionage Act, six counts of violating the act and one count of making a false statement to the FBI. He was found not guilty of obstruction of justice.

Chung's case was heard in federal court by U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney.

[Updated at 12:01 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Dongfan “Greg” Chung as a Chinese citizen.]

-- Tami Abdollah in Santa Ana

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