Seven ex-employees of Samsung’s SEMES subsidiary have been sentenced. The court found them guilty of stealing semiconductor manufacturing technologies in favor of competitors from China.

This was reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The theft of technology occurred three years before the verdict was announced. According to the court decision, one of the employees was sentenced to 4 years in prison. He was found guilty of stealing the company’s proprietary technology. He used them to create similar equipment and supply it to China. A total of 24 drawings were created, which were used for the construction of 14 machines with a total cost of $59.8 million.

Six other employees have been convicted as accomplices in the theft. Their prison terms vary, the largest of which reaches 2.5 years.

It should be noted that South Korea, where Samsung’s headquarters are based, considers the semiconductor industry a key national technology.

Earlier, we reported that against the background of the announcement of the cancellation of the US license to export IT technologies to the Chinese tech giant Huawei, any equipment is being bought in the Middle Kingdom.