Medical researcher in Wis. charged with espionage

7:01 AM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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MILWAUKEE - A researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin is charged with espionage after prosecutors say he stole details of a cancer-fighting compound that he wanted to share with China.

Prosecutors say Huajun Zhao stole the compound, C-25, and data that led to its development.

A federal criminal complaint says investigators found several hundred items related to research into C-25 on Zhao's computer. Authorities found a grant application from Zhao, written in Mandarin, claiming he discovered the compound and seeking Chinese funding to continue research.

The 42-year-old Zhao is facing one count of economic espionage. A conviction carries a maximum 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Zhao's attorney, Juval Scott, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/YYACHW ) that Zhao is a "talented professional accused of a serious crime."

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