- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - A former Boston Scientific engineer pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing trade secrets from his employer.

Aaron Quoc Khieu, 47, of Maple Grove, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 14 counts of wire fraud and theft of trade secrets. The indictment said Khieu used a USB flash drive to steal more than 100 files from Boston Scientific’s internal document management system.

The indictment said Khieu, a longtime engineer at the global medical company, helped design a specialized heart catheter and took the designs and manufacturing data that belonged to Boston Scientific and tried to recruit investors for a new company, Snowflake Medical, the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1x40G61 ) reported. The separate incidents happened between October and December 2012, according to prosecutors.

Khieu said his attorney is still reviewing discovery materials in the case.

“I understand it will take significant time to carefully review each document,” Khieu said in court Friday, “and these allegations may require the services of a scientific expert, which will also take time.”

He was arrested and released on $25,000 bond Oct. 1, following the indictment. Prosecutors didn’t announce the charges until last week since the case relates to a product that isn’t available on the market yet.

The indictment references three Boston Scientific devices, including the one that’s sealed pending a technology patent.

“I understand from my attorney there are a large amount of documents, most of which are covered by a protective order,” Khieu said.

A spokeswoman for Boston Scientific declined to comment.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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