United States v. Chung

September 26, 2011
Federal Court
9th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States v. Chung, 659 F.3d 815, 826 (9th Cir. 2011)
Docket No. 10-50074
Federal Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
Decided: September 26, 2011, Judge Susan P. Graber

Summary of Parties and Facts

Defendant Dongfan “Greg” Chung was born in China in 1936 and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1972. Chung worked on space shuttle components as a civil engineer at either Boeing or Rockwell (Boeing’s acquired space division) until his retirement in 2002. The defendant later returned to Boeing in 2003 as a contractor, and remained as such until 2006. Boeing maintains a defense contract - relationship with the United States, and NASA specifically.

United States federal agents first suspected Chung of espionage during an unrelated investigation of an individual named Chi Mak, a former naval engineer for a US defense contractor similar to Boeing. While Mak would ultimately be convicted of acting as an unregistered foreign agent in 2007, a previous FBI-conducted search of Chi Mak’s house in 2005 found