The first of 15 Chinese citizens indicted in a college entrance exam test-taking scandal pleaded guilty Thursday before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.
Authorities in western Pennsylvania say the death of a retired PPG Industries researcher accused of having stolen trade secrets for a Chinese company won’t stop the investigation.
Fifteen Chinese nationals — almost all in their 20s — have been indicted by a Pittsburgh grand jury for using fake Chinese passports and hired test-takers to take SATs and other standardized exams in order to gain admission to American universities.
The FBI says a former PPG employee tried to sell trade secrets to the Chinese.
Investigators release new details today in a cyber-espionage operation that allegedly targeted several United States companies, nearly all of them based in the Pittsburgh area.
Police are looking for a missing Pitt grad student.