Couple charged with GM hybrid tech theft

by Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writer

NEW YORK ( -- Federal authorities in Detroit charged a Michigan couple Thursday with stealing information about hybrid vehicle technology from General Motors and attempting to put it to use for a Chinese car company.

Yu Chin and his wife Sanshan Du of Troy, Mich., have been charged with, among other things, unauthorized possession of trade secrets and wire fraud.

Sanshan Du (left) and Yu Chin

According to the charges, from December 2003 to May 2006 Du conspired to obtain trade secrets about the automaker's hybrid vehicle technologies and passed that information to her husband who used it for the couple's own company, Millennium Technology International (MTI).

In January, 2005 GM offered Du, then a GM employee, a severance package. About five days later, she copied thousands of GM documents to a computer hard drive used for MTI business, authorities allege.

MTI later entered into a business venture to provide hybrid technology to the Chinese automaker Chery Automobile, a company that is a competitor of GM's in China.

In May 2006, the couple drove to a dumpster behind a grocery store where they discarded bags of shredded documents related to the case, authorities charge.

GM estimates the stolen information to be worth about $40 million, according to an announcement from U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.

"We cooperated with the U.S. attorney's office in developing the case and will continue to cooperate with them as appropriate," GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson said.

CNN has not yet been able to reach the couple or their lawyers.

A Chery Automobile spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. To top of page

Find Your Next Car
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 24,682.31 -44.96 -0.18%
Nasdaq 7,345.28 -19.02 -0.26%
S&P 500 2,711.93 -5.01 -0.18%
Treasuries 2.91 0.03 0.97%
Data as of 6:57pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Facebook Inc 169.39 1.24 0.74%
General Electric Co 13.88 0.24 1.76%
Bank of America Corp... 31.87 -0.11 -0.34%
Micron Technology In... 61.07 -0.08 -0.13%
Advanced Micro Devic... 11.26 0.15 1.35%
Data as of 4:01pm ET


A U.S. Facebook user is suing the company and Cambridge Analytica on behalf of users who had their personal data taken without permission. More

President Trump is expected to announce tariffs on $60 billion of Chinese exports to the US in response to China's alleged theft of US intellectual property. Some economists fear the tariffs could spark retaliation by China and a trade war. More

Five days after a data scandal first upended Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to give a rare interview with CNN. More

Tax season is prime season for fraudsters to steal your valuable information. Here's a list of 12 of the biggest tax scams the IRS is flagging this year. More