- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The wife of a Chinese billionaire who was charged more than a year ago with conspiring to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed companies but dropped from the case last week is back home in China.

Attorneys for Mo Yun say she left the United States Friday morning and flew to Beijing.

The government arrested the 43-year-old mother of two children July 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors alleged that Mo helped her brother and five other Chinese nationals working for subsidiaries of Beijing-based DBN Group steal patented corn seed to reproduce its genetic traits.

The government dropped the charges last week after a judge said they couldn’t use instant messages found on her brother’s computer as evidence. The judge said the messages were incomplete and couldn’t be authenticated.

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