© 2021 MICHIGAN RADIO
91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Criminal Justice & Legal System

Iranian-born engineer accused of sensitive document theft to face detention hearing

courthouse_detroit_mi__1_.jpg
wikipedia
/

An Iranian-born engineer accused of stealing sensitive technical information will appear again in federal court on Friday. 

The hearing will determine whether Ypsilanti resident Amin Hasanzadeh remains in detention.  

Hasanzadeh, a permanent U.S. resident, is accused of stealing highly sensitive, proprietary technical information related to the development of an aerospace industry supercomputer.   

The criminal complaint says he began stealing the data, specifications, and other information just six days after being hired by an unnamed metro Detroit Company.

He allegedly sent the information to a brother in Iran, who the government says has links to Iranian military programs. Some of the documents were also found in his wife’s cloud account.

The federal complaint says Hasanzadeh is a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan. A spokesman for the University of Michigan says the university is seeking additional information to determine his status.

Hasanzadeh is also accused of concealing his military service in Iran when he applied for permanent legal residency status in the U.S. 

On Wednesday, Hasanzadeh requested that the federal judge assign him a public defender.