Utah scientist charged with stealing drug recipes

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a scientist with stealing trade secrets from a Utah drug company where he worked.

FBI spokeswoman Debbie Dujanovic Bertram says it’s the first time authorities have filed industrial espionage charges in Utah.

The federal complaint says 42-year-old Prabhu Mohapatra emailed drug recipes to a brother-in-law in India who was setting up a competing company. Mohapatra worked for Frontier Scientific Inc. of North Logan.

He was charged late Monday with one count of theft of trade secrets. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Mohapatra didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. A Frontier Scientific lawyer also didn’t return a phone message on Tuesday.