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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The sister of a Chinese national arrested last year has also been arrested and accused along with him of trying to steal the secrets of hybrid corn being raised in Iowa and Illinois.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office in southern Iowa, Mo Yun is charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets. Her brother was arrested in December 2013. Her husband is the CEO of a Chinese conglomerate with a seed corn subsidiary.

Security staff from DuPont Pioneer alerted the FBI after they noticed suspicious activity in their fields.

The Chinese siblings are accused of trying to steal the trade secrets of several U.S.-based seed companies. An FBI agent on the case says the theft of intellectual property is the agency's second top priority - only behind preventing terrorism.

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