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Charges Dropped Against Woman in Seed Theft Case

The wife of a Chinese billionaire accused of conspiring to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed companies has had charges against her dropped by a federal judge.
The Des Moines Register reports, “The order signed Tuesday instructs the government to return Mo Yun’s passport and immediately stop ‘all court-directed electronic monitoring,’ meaning she can return to China. The order came at the request of prosecutors, who said their case against Mo was largely based on computer messages that the judge said couldn’t be used during her trial.”
The case against the two Chinese brothers, Mo Hailong and Mo Yun, began in 2011 when DuPont Pioneer was the victim of seed theft after a field manager in Iowa noticed a man on his knees in a field of a new corn variety not yet released publicly by the company.
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