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St. Ansgar man charged with theft of trade secrets and lying to the FBI

This news story was published on July 7, 2018.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – A St. Ansgar man has been charged with theft of trade secrets and lying to the FBI.

Josh Harry Isler, age 55, from St. Ansgar, Iowa, has been charged with one count of trade secret theft and one count of making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ­ The charges are contained in an Information filed Friday in the United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The Information alleges that, during at least August 2013, while employed by DuPont and after having accepted an offer of employment with a competitor, Isler stole trade secrets of DuPont. After Isler accepted employment with a competitor of DuPont in the ethanol fuel enzyme business, he allegedly transferred hundreds of DuPont’s electronic files to an external storage device. It is also alleged Isler knew the files he downloaded contained proprietary information and trade secrets of DuPont and many related to customers of DuPont who were also customers of the competitor or whose business was being sought by the competitor. It is alleged Isler retained the files in his new job and transferred some to his new employer.

The Information also alleges that when he was interviewed by the FBI in November 2013, Isler falsely denied he had downloaded the files containing proprietary information of DuPont.

If convicted on both charges, Isler faces a maximum combined sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $500,000, and eight years of supervised release after any imprisonment. Isler could also be ordered to pay restitution to DuPont.

Isler’s initial appearance in federal court in Cedar Rapids has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on July 5, 2018.

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5 Responses to St. Ansgar man charged with theft of trade secrets and lying to the FBI

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    Buford Pusser Reply Report comment

    July 10, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Surely there are people who would like to think that the FBI will come for you if you do something wrong. But will they target you for other reasons. Scary thoughts. Lets hope not. Mr McCabe is pissed. And Comely can’t be happy. But what about this Mueller. He was FBI at one time. He almost appears to have little horns on his head and is seething with anger. This is a group of people to avoid. But at the same time not to fear. This guy did something wrong (The Chinese are stealing everything they can get there hands on) and he lied to the FBI (Gee can’t name one American who doesn’t lie). And this Dupont Family are straight up perverts. But they have $$$. So in essence the FBI is doing their dirty work. Because Dupont up to it’s knees in it. All the while China is stealing everything American and have been for awhile. Stealing are stuff and selling it back to us. So, you lie to me I’ma gunna lie right back. Screw your brain rot.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 8, 2018 at 8:22 am

    No one can lie like the clinton/obama cartels of the fbi.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 8, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Orange Kool-Aid drinking dumbass.
      No one can lie like Trump.
      His clueless and ignorant supporters just regurgitate his BS lies, like the little numb-nuts minions that they are.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 7, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Lying to the fbi is no big deal. Just watch the hearings with the top dogs of fbi lying to Congress etc. they get away with it all the time.