Canadian citizen and Chinese resident Klaus Pflugbeil and Chinese citizen Yilong Shao are accused of stealing battery production technology, which an unnamed company designated as “victim-1” spent at least $13 million to develop. The stolen technology gave the company a “significant competitive advantage” in the battery manufacturing process, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal prosecutors do not name the affected company, but leading American media believe that it is Elon Musk’s Tesla.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office notes that this theft not only weakens America’s technological advantage, but also “threatens American financial infrastructure.” The government calls the stolen trade secret “advanced” and claims that the technology was stolen to create a Chinese competitor to the American product. Klaus Pflugbeil of Canada was arrested on Tuesday. If his guilt is proven in court, he could receive 10 years in prison. Yilong Shao is still wanted.

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