By Stephen Gruber-Miller, Des Moines Register | USA TODAY NETWORK
Des Moines, IA (July 13, 2018) - A former DuPont employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing trade secrets after he went to work for a competitor and took with him hundreds of electronic documents related to ethanol enzymes.
Josh H. Isler, 55, of St. Ansgar, Iowa pleaded guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan.
Isler admitted to one count of trade secrets theft and one count of making a false statement or representation to the FBI, the release states. He faces a maximum combined sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
In August 2013, Isler had accepted a job with competitor of DuPont’s in the ethanol fuel enzyme business, the release states. Before leaving DuPont he transferred hundreds of electronic documents onto an external device. He kept the documents at his new job and transferred some of them to his new employer, according to the release.
Prosecutors say Isler knew the files he downloaded contained proprietary information and trade secrets belonging to DuPont.
Isler admitted in his plea that he falsely denied to the FBI in a November 2013 interview that he had downloaded files containing proprietary information.
Many of the files Isler took related to DuPont customers who were also customers of the competitor or who the competitor was interested in doing business with, the release states.
Isler was released on bond and his sentencing will occur at a later date, the release states.