Attorney: Ex-NASA Contractor to Plead Not Guilty

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- The attorney for a former NASA contractor who was arrested on his way to China says he will plead not guilty to lying to federal agents.

Fernando Groene says Bo Jiang will also ask for a jury trial when he's arraigned next week.

Jiang is a Chinese citizen who worked for the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton for about two years. He was on a Beijing-bound plane at Dulles International Airport on Saturday when he was questioned by agents about what electronics he was taking with him.

An indictment says he failed to disclose a laptop and two hard drives, among other things.

An FBI affidavit says Jiang had a one-way ticket to China and was under investigation for possible violations of the Arms Control Export Act.


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