St. Ansgar man sentenced to over three years for stealing trade secrets

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s over three years in a federal prison for a St. Ansgar man who admitted stealing trade secrets and transferring some to his new employer.

Court records say 55-year-old Josh Isler pleaded guilty last July in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to theft of trade secrets and making false statements to the FBI. The records say that while Isler was working as a technical service account manager for DuPont’s ethanol fuel enzyme division in August 2013, he downloaded hundreds of electronic DuPont files after accepting a job with an unnamed DuPont competitor.

The documents say he transferred some of the DuPont information to his new employer. The documents also say he lied to FBI agents when he told them he had not downloaded the files.

Isler was sentenced on Wednesday by US District Judge Linda Reade to a 42 month prison sentence along with a $5000 fine and $200 special assessment. Isler must also serve a three-year term of supervised release following his prison term.


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