The US Justice Department is reporting that former Boeing engineer Dongfan â€œGregâ€ Chung, 72, of Orange, Calif was arrested on espionage charges early this morning. The indictment contends that Chung a former Rockwell employee, and subsequently Boeing engineer sold or gave secrets concerning the Space Shuttle to the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).
The press release claims that Chung was arrested without incident at his home in California.
The indictment, which apparently was finalized last Wednesday accuses Chung of eight counts of economic espionage, one count of conspiracy to commit economic espionage, one count of acting as an unregistered foreign agent without prior notification to the Attorney General, one count of obstruction of justice, and three counts of making false statements to FBI investigators.
The 72Â year old Chung was involved with the Space Shuttle up until his retirement in 2002, however he was brought back as a consultantÂ until 2006.
The indictment alleges that he took and concealed Boeing trade secrets relating to the Space Shuttle, the C-17 military transport aircraft and the Delta IV rocket while employed on the project. Chung allegedly obtained the materials for the benefit of the PRC.
If found guilty he faces a huge jail sentence, each of the major counts carries a 15 year prison term. he is expected to make a brief court appearance this afternoon.