DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman from China awaiting trial in Iowa on charges she conspired to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is asking the government to release her on bond so she can travel to California and to her homeland.
Mo Yun, 42, is in Des Moines awaiting a bond hearing scheduled for Thursday in federal court.
Mo is the wife of Shao Genhou, chairman of Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co., known as DNB Group. He is on Forbes magazine's list of world billionaires with a net worth estimated at $1.4 billion. He has not been implicated in the conspiracy.
Mo's arrest was the latest development in a case U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt announced in December in which six employees of DBN or its subsidiaries were alleged to have stolen patented seed corn from fields in Iowa and Illinois and shipped it to China to try to reproduce its traits.
Court documents indicate the intellectual property loss to the companies, including Pioneer Hi-Bred and Monsanto, has been estimated at $15 million.
Mo Yun was added to the case in an indictment filed July 2, after Mo was arrested during a trip to Southern California with her children.
Mo's attorney, Terry Bird of Los Angeles, said Mo should be allowed to travel to China to be with her family for limited periods of time, and to travel to Los Angeles where her lawyers are based and where her children can more easily visit.