| ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Aug 26 A former scientist at
a U.S. government-owned nuclear weapons research facility in New
Mexico pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to illegally
taking a lab-owned computer to China and lying about it, a U.S.
Jianyu Huang, 46, a naturalized U.S. citizen from China who
lives in Albuquerque, pleaded guilty to interstate
transportation of a government-owned computer and
computer-related media, the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico said in
The scientist was fired in April 2012 from Sandia National
Laboratories, a government-owned research facility operated by
Sandia Corporation that is responsible in part for ensuring the
safety of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile.
Huang also pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a
counterintelligence officer in June 2011, the U.S. Attorney
Under the terms of a plea deal, announced on Monday, Huang
will be sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison
followed by a term of supervised release, the length of which
has yet to be determined by the court, the statement said.
Huang's sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.
He was arrested in June 2012 on a six-count indictment that
included charges he misused federal government resources and
equipment to conduct research for Chinese research institutions.
Huang was also charged with falsely stating that he did not
intend to take U.S. government equipment with him on a trip to
China, the statement said.
He worked in an unclassified capacity but was required to
report substantive relationships with foreign nationals,
including associations that involve meeting and sharing
work-related information. He was also barred from taking
government-owned equipment on foreign travel without prior
Sandia National Laboratories' roots lie in the World War Two
Manhattan Project, which built the first atomic bombs.
It says on its website that while it "originated as a
single-mission engineering organization for nonnuclear
components of nuclear weapons, today it is a multiprogram
laboratory engaging in research supporting a broad spectrum
national security issues."
(Reporting by Joseph Kolb in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Writing
by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Robert Birsel)