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Former Raytheon employee charged with taking classified information overseas.

Posted at 11:11 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 12:51:04-05

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A federal grand jury has indicted a former Raytheon employee on five counts that include export of arms and munitions.

Wei Sun, 48, was charged in January 2019, and the indictment against him was just unsealed in federal court.

According to the indictment, Sun was an employee at Raytheon Missile Systems for over 10 years and had a secret security clearance to work on "sensitive military technology" with the company.

The FBI arrested Sun after they say he took a laptop that had "controlled data" on it to multiple countries including China in January 2019. The criminal complaint says Sun asked permission from his supervisors to bring the laptop overseas, and was denied. Supervisors also told Sun that doing so would violate company policy and federal law.

While overseas, court documents say Sun accessed the Raytheon Missile Systems network from his company laptop, and sent an email to supervisors that he would be resigning his position to study and work overseas. When he returned, the criminal complaint says Sun admitted to company officials to bringing the laptop overseas.

The complaint against Sun says he did not receive permission from the Department of State to take the laptop with him.

Court documents say Sun did this "knowingly and willfully."

Sun was born in China and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, the complain says.

It is unclear when Sun's next court date will be.