A former General Motors engineer and her husband, both accused of trying to steal secrets from the domestic automaker and pass them on to a Chinese competitor, threw out bags of shredded documents at a suburb in Detroit, FBI agents said Tuesday, Reuters reports .
Trial in U.S. District Court in Detroit began Monday in the case of former GM employee Shanshan Du, 53, and her husband Yu Qin.
During testimony Tuesday, FBI agents described watching the defendants dump bags of shredded documents, Reuters reported.
Qin’s lawyer maintains the documents were not trade secrets.
The pair is accused of passing along confidential GM information on hybrid technology to China’s Chery Automobile.