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Man charged with trying to steal trade secrets

Man charged with trying to steal trade secrets

BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a dual Chinese and Canadian citizen with trying to steal valuable trade secrets from a Massachusetts surgical robotics company.

The U.S. attorney's office in Boston says 44-year-old Dong "Kevin" Liu was charged Thursday with attempted theft of trade secrets and attempted access to a computer without authorization.

He was detained after an initial court appearance. His public defender declined to comment on the allegations.

Authorities say Liu was spotted Monday night by the CEO of Raynham-based Medrobotics Corp. in the company's conference room with three open laptops. When the CEO asked what he was doing there, Liu allegedly said he was meeting three people, including the CEO himself. The CEO knew there was no such meeting. The CEO called local police. Who charged Liu with trespassing.