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Iowa man pleads guilty to trade secrets, lying to the FBI

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A 55-year-old St. Ansgar man admitted in court to taking trade secrets from the company DuPont after accepting a job with a competitor.

The crime happened in August of 2013, while Josh Isler was employed by DuPont, but was on his way out after accepting the offer from another company. Through a plea agreement in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, Isler said he downloaded and transferred hundreds of DuPont's electronic files to an external device and eventually transferred some to his new employer. A court release on Isler's case says he knew the files contained trade secrets, and that he also falsely denied he had took the files while being interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in November 2013.

Isler now faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, along with a fine that could add up to $500,000. He could also be ordered to pay restitution to DuPont.

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