A Russian citizen and an Italian citizen were accused earlier this month of plotting and trying to steal trade secrets from US company GE Aviation, the Justice Department said on Thursday.
Alexander Yurievich Korshunov, 57, and Mauricio Paolo Bianchi, 59, were alleged to have hired consultants to operate jet engine accessories between 2013 and 2018, which used trade secrets owned by GE Aviation when they created their report to pass as their own, the DOJ said. GE Aviation is a subsidiary of General Electric and is headquartered in Ohio.
"During the consultation, alleged employees used trade secrets owned by GE Aviation to create the technical report. The effort focused on gearbox accessories made by Avio Aero, which are external components of the engine that provide power to systems such as hydraulic pumps, generators and fuel pumps, the department explained. Employees are current or former employees of GE Aviation's Italian division
The employee report states that "the owners of the patent and intellectual property resulting from the work are […] the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, "When GE Aviation actually owns the intellectual property.
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According to a statement, Korshunov said met with staff during the June 201
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Korshunov is employed by United Engine Corp (UEC), which includes a subsidiary, DOJ.
The Commerce Department noted last year that Aviadvigatel acted "contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States."
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] Bianchi was a former director at one of GE Aviation's Italian subsidiaries and was responsible for business in Asia, China and Russia. He later worked for Aeronova in Italy.
Korshunov and Bianchi could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.