A Russian citizen and an Italian national were indicted earlier this month for conspiring and trying to steal trade secrets from US company GE Aviation, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.
Alexander Yuryevich Korshunov, 57, and Maurizio Paolo Bianchi, 59, were alleged to have hired consultants for jet engine accessories between 2013 and 2018 who used business secrets owned by GE Aviation when they created their report to depart as their own, said DOJ. GE Aviation is a subsidiary of General Electric and is based in Ohio.
”Through the consultation, employees allegedly used business secrets owned by GE Aviation to make the technical report. The work focused on accessories gearboxes made by Avio Aero, which are external engine components that provide power to systems such as hydraulic pumps, generators and fuel pumps, ”the department explained. The employees were current or former employees of GE Aviation's Italian subsidiary.
Employees report said that "holders of patents and intellectual property obtained as a result of the work are […] Russia's Federation and Trade Ministry," When GE Aviation actually owned the intellectual property.
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Korshunov previously served as a public official in the Russian Foreign Ministry Affairs and was employed by a Russian state-owned company, according to a statement filed in support of the criminal complaint, which was sealed. He was arrested Friday at Naples International Airport in Italy.
The allegation said that Korshunov met with staff at the Paris Air Show in June 201
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Korshunov joined United Engine Corp (UEC), which included subsidiary t Aviadvigatel – a branch of the Russian state-owned company, said DOJ.
The State of Commerce noted last year that Aviadvigatel had acted "contrary to the US national security or foreign policy interests."
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP  Bianchi was previously director of one of GE Aviation's Italian subsidiaries and was responsible for operations in Asia, China and Russia. He later worked for Aeronova in Italy.
Korshunov and Bianchi could each face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.