A former Boston Scientific engineer was sentenced Dec. 30, 2015 to one year in prison for stealing trade secrets related to the company’s catheters.
Aaron Quoc Khieu was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in September 2014 on seven counts of wire fraud and seven counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets.
He was accused of downloading to a thumb drive more than 100 documents from Boston Scientific concerning the Sapphire and Mustang balloon catheter systems.
The indictment says he also sent emails soliciting funds from investors to start a company called Snowflake Medical, which would manufacture and sell copied catheters in Vietnam.
Khieu pleaded guilty in a plea agreement last April. After completing his one-year prison term, Khieu will serve one year of supervised release. He also must pay a $10,000 fine.
Boston Scientific declined to comment. — Jonathon Shacat