Mo Hailong plead guilty Jan. 27 in federal court in Iowa on charges of conspiracy to steal U.S. corn seeds from DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto.
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Federal authorities began investigating Mo Hailong, 46, for conspiring to steal corn seeds from DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto after DuPont security staff noticed his suspicious activity.
Mo Hailong is accused of traveling to the Midwest to take corn seed out of Iowa fields and ship it to China so scientists there could attempt to reproduce its genetic traits.
He will be sentenced in Des Moines.
He will serve no more than five years in prison.