Cosburn Wedderburn, 38, described as a former NASA employee by federal authorities, recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. ICE said in a statement that Wedderburn purchased more than $1 million worth of pirated software from several websites operated by Xiang Li.
Chengdu, China, were charged Wednesday by a federal grand jury in a 46-count indictment with software piracy and illegally exporting U.S. technology to China.
Federal authorities said Xiang Li was arrested by Homeland Security Investigations agents last year; Chun Yan Li remains at large in Chengdu. Federal officials said the pair's illegal software operation cost companies $100 million in revenues.