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Woman Accused of Stealing US Trade Secrets Awaits Trial in Iowa

Mo Yun was arrested at the airport and forced to let her children fly on without her. She's now asking for permission to travel to China to see them.

A woman from China awaiting trial in Iowa on charges she conspired to steal trade secrets from a U.S. company is asking the government to release her on bond so she can travel.

Mo Yun, 42, is in Des Moines awaiting a bond hearing scheduled for Thursday in federal court. Mo is the wife of Shao Genhou, chairman of Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co., who is on Forbes magazine's list of world billionaires with a net worth estimated at $1.4 billion. He has not been implicated in the conspiracy.

In court documents, Mo's attorney, Terry Bird blasted the government for the way she was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on July 1. Bird said Mo, her 12-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter arrived in the U.S. on June 25 for a vacation to Disneyland. As Mo and her children waited for the airplane to take them back to China, a customs agent arrested her and told her she either had to let her children fly alone or let them be taken into the custody of customs agents.

"She made the gut-wrenching decision to have them fly home without her, a decision made that much harder by the fact that her 5-year old daughter was clinging to her, crying inconsolably, and had to be pulled away to be put on the plane," Bird wrote.

Bird said the government's indictment against Mo "has got to be one of the thinnest reeds I've seen in over 40 years of practice." U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt's spokesman did not immediately respond to a message left Wednesday.

Bird said prosecutors heard she was in the U.S. and hastily drew up the criminal complaint. Federal prosecutors oppose allowing her to travel to China.

--Associated Press