Xiaodong Sheldon Meng pleaded guilty to violating several U.S. export laws with the goal of aiding the People’s Republic of China, the U.S. Justice Department announced Aug. 2.
The 42-year-old Meng, formerly a resident of Beijing and also Cupertino, Calif., entered a guilty plea on Aug. 3, admitting to violating the Foreign Economic Espionage Act, the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), said Kenneth Wainstein, assistant attorney general for national security, and Scott Schools, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, in a statement.
Specifically, the Justice Department said Meng pleaded guilty to two charges (counts five and seven) of an indictment that was filed last December. One count charged that he violated U.S. law by possessing a trade secret with the aim of benefiting a foreign government.
That trade secret, called “Mantis,” is a Quantum3D-owned product that is designed to simulate realistic motion for training military personnel. Meng is charged with installing a demonstration version of Mantis on a Chinese navy Web site, according to the Justice Department.
He also altered the application to make it appear that ORAD, his employer and a China-based competitor of Quantum3D, had developed the product.
The second count alleged that Meng knowingly violated AECA and ITAR by exporting Quantum3D’s “viXsen” source code, a simulation program used to train fighter pilots and designated as a defense article on the U.S. Munitions List.
Meng failed to garner a State Department export license for viXsen.
Meng, who has been released on $500,000 bond, will be sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge in San Jose on Jan. 13.