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Trade-theft case collapses in federal court

June 4, 2013 • Business


This photo released by the Cache Sheriff’s Office shows Prabhu Mohapatra. Federal prosecutors have dropped industrial espionage charges against a scientist accused of spilling the secrets of a Utah chemical company. A judge recently ruled that chemical recipes held by Logan-based Frontier Scientific Inc. were widely known to professionals in the field. To settle the case, chemist Prabhu Mohapatra pleaded guilty last month to a single count of unauthorized access to his former employer’s computer database. He was let go. Twenty-five other charges were dismissed, and U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups threw out a $227,985 damage claim against the foreign scientist. He was accused of sharing a chemical recipe with a colleague in India. Mohapatra remains in Utah to answer a related state charge of theft. He is due to appear in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing. (AP Photo/Cache Sheriff’s Office)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than a year after federal authorities trumpeted their first-ever arrest in Utah for industrial espionage, the case has collapsed with the dismissal of 25 charges.

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