CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A St. Ansgar man was been charged with stealing trade secrets and lying to the FBI.
The charges against Josh Harry Isler, 55, were filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He’s facing one count of trade secret theft and one count of making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Isler is accused of stealing trade secrets from DuPont while working there in August 2013 after accepting an offer of employment with a competitor. Federal investigators say Isler transferred hundreds of DuPont’s electronic files to an external storage device, kept the files when he went to his new job, and gave some of them to his new employer.
The FBI also says that Isler lied about his actions when he was interviewed in November 2013.
If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine and could be ordered to pay restitution to DuPont.