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San Ramon tech worker accused of stealing trade secrets

Authorities: Man arrested while preparing to board flight for China

A tech worker from San Ramon suspected of stealing trade secrets was arrested last Thursday at San Francisco International Airport as he prepared to board a flight for China, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

San Ramon resident Jing Zeng, 42, is accused of downloading more than 100 files containing proprietary information from a confidential database after learning that his employment with Machine Zone, Inc., would be terminated, according Abraham Simmons, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Machine Zone, Inc., produces "Game of War: Fire Age" -- an online video game.

Authorities allege Zeng downloaded proprietary information using his company computer, transferred it to a storage device, then formatted the computer's hard drive and returned it to his employer, according to Simmons.

The federal complaint against Zeng was unsealed at a bail hearing in San Francisco on Tuesday. He was released on $100,000 bail but is being electronically monitored, according to Simmons.

He faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted, as well as a fine of up to $250,000. The court may also order Zeng to pay restitution, Simmons said.

— Bay City News Service

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