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Troy couple sentenced for stealing General Motors trade secrets

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DETROIT (WKZO) -- A Troy couple will go to prison for stealing hybrid technology trade secrets from General Motors.

Wednesday, Yu Qin was sentenced to three years in federal prison, while his wife Shan-shan Du, a former GM engineer, was sentenced to one year and one day behind bars.  Du was accused of copying data on hybrid motor control and giving it to her husband, who then tried to find employment with GM's competitors using the information.

Prosecutors had asked for sentences of up to ten years for the pair, saying the information was worth over 40-million dollars to the automaker, but Qin and Du had asked for probation, claiming the information did not contain secrets and was not stolen.

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