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Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 31, 2001
Federal Bureau of Investigation
One FBI Plaza
Buffalo, New York 14202
Peter J. Ahearn
Special Agent in Charge
Stanley J. Borgia
Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Former Corning Inc. Employee Charged with Theft of Trade Secrets in Rochester

July 31, 2001

Today, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Peter J. Ahearn, Buffalo Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced the filing of a federal criminal complaint and the issuance of a federal arrest warrant against Mr. Xingkun Wu, age 40, of Los Angeles, California. The complaint and arrest warrant were the result of an investigation conducted by FBI Special Agents assigned to the Elmira, New York, Resident Agency, with the assistance of the New York State Police, the FBI's Los Angeles Division, and Corning Incorporated.

The Criminal Complaint, which was issued July 30, 2001, charged Wu, a former employee of Corning Incorporated, with violations of Title 18, United States Code (USC), Section 1832, which pertains to Theft of Trade Secrets. The Criminal Complaint alleges that on or about March 10, 2000, and May 4, 2000, in the Western District of New York, Wu knowingly attempted to convert a trade secret to the economic benefit of someone other than its owner (Corning Incorporated), knowing that the offense would injure Corning Incorporated as the owner of the trade secret. Investigation by the Los Angeles Division of the FBI has developed information that Wu may have returned to his native country, China.

The federal criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued by the Honorable Jonathon W. Feldman, United States Magistrate Judge, Rochester, New York. Assistant United States Attorney Richard Resnick (United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York) will prosecute this matter.



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