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FBI Seizes Work Email Account of Fired Ford Motor Co. Engineer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has copies of the work email account of a fired Ford Motor Co. engineer who is accused of hiding listening devices in the automaker’s conference rooms, the Detroit News reports.

The contents of the email account include files, pictures, drafts, address boxes, contact lists and calendar data of fired Ford engineer Sharon Leach.

“We continue to work with the FBI on this investigation that we initiated and requested assistance on from the FBI,” Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel said Thursday.

In a previous raid, the FBI has took possession of the 43-year-old’s personal email accounts and searched her home, finding eight secret listening devices, the Detroit News wrote.

Ford fired her in June after she admitted installing the audio equipment.

The FBI, Recording Devices and Ford’s World Headquarters

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Exciting things are happening at Ford Motor Company’s world headquarters in Dearborn besides talk of the Mustang the future of electrical cars, and it involves potential corporate espionage and the FBI.

John Snell and David Shepardson of the Detroit News reports that the FBI searched the headquarters while investigating one of the automaker’s engineers, and they seized listening devices, computers and financial records.

The News writes that a lawyer for the mechanical engineer said Ford’s security team feared she was stealing trade secrets by hiding secret recording devices in conference rooms at headquarters, The engineer’s home was also searched, the News reports.

The case is being investigated by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel, who heads the National Security Unit in Detroit, the News reported

The News writes:

Searching a Fortune 500 company’s world headquarters instead of issuing a subpoena is a rare step and could indicate investigators were worried about someone destroying evidence, said Peter Henning, a law professor at Wayne State University and a former federal prosecutor.

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FBI Busts Ex-Ford Engineer For Stealing Trade Secrets

Xiang Dong Yu/u.s. marshals service photo

Xiang Dong Yu/u.s. marshals service photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Back in the day, Ford ran a commercial that said: “Ford Has a Better Idea”. Chinese National Xiang Dong Yu figured that was still the case.

The former product engineer for the Ford Motor Co. was indicted in the Motor City on charges that he stole trade secrets from the automaker just before he took a job in the China branch of a U.S. company.

Turns out Ford may have had a better idea, but Xiang Dong Yu didn’t.

Xiang Dong Yu,47, of Beijing, China, was arrested Wednesday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after deplaning from China, authorities announced.

He is charged with theft of trade secrets, attempted theft of trade secrets and unauthorized access to a protected computer.

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