West Islander suspected of spying for China

A seemingly mild-mannered West Islander who worked as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry is on the run from authorities, suspected of industrial espionage.

La Presse reports this morning that Hongwei Wang went underground as the FBI closed in on a ring trying to steal genetically-modified corn seeds from farms in the US Midwest.

Wang had been questioned by the FBI after being found in a car near the Canada-US border in Vermont with corn seeds hidden under the seat along with GPS coordinates of corn fields and a camera with photos of the fields.

Wang and his wife had lived in Pierrefonds and L'Ile Perrot after emigrating from China. Wang volunteered with a local Scouting group while forging a career first with Merck Frosst, then Uman Pharma.

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