Hearing set for North Logan man charged in trade secrets theft

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A scientist accused of stealing trade secrets from a Utah company is set to plead not guilty in an arraignment in Salt Lake City’s federal court. Forty-two-year-old North Logan resident Prabhu Mohapatra is charged with a single count of theft of trade secrets. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A federal public defender says Mohaptara will plead not guilty Thursday. Federal prosecutors say he e-mailed drug recipes from Frontier Scientific Inc. of North Logan where he worked to a brother-in-law in India. Investigators say the relative was setting up a competing company. Court papers show Mohapatra’s moves were tracked on a company computer and that he tried to cover his tracks under fear of suspicion. He remains free pending trial.

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