Former GE engineer sentenced for conspiracy to commit economic espionage

The former General Electric engineer convicted of conspiracy to commit economic espionage will spend two years in federal prison.

Xiaoqing Zheng, 59, of Niskayuna was sentenced Tuesday. He was facing up to 15 years.

Prosecutors asked for eight years, and his legal team wanted probation.

He was convicted of conspiring to steal General Electric’s trade secrets involving gas and steam turbine technologies, knowing it would benefit China.

Zheng worked at GE from 2008 until 2018.