California man faces prison for economic espionage

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Updated: 7/09 11:11 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California chemical engineer is facing more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced for a rare economic-espionage conviction.

Federal prosecutors are demanding a sentence of up to 22 years for Walter Liew when he appears in federal court in Oakland on Thursday. A jury convicted the 56-year-old chemical engineer of economic espionage, obstruction of justice and other charges related to the sale of stolen DuPont Co. technology for making white pigment to the Chinese government. The pigment is used to make cars, paper and a long list of everyday items whiter.

Liew's lawyers are seeking a prison sentence of about five years.

The U.S. Probation Department is recommending a sentence of 14 years.

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