The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office has fingered the collar of three Korean workers at the Korean branch of Orbotech.
Orbotech is an Israeli company which supplies display testing equipment.
According to the Korea Times, the three have been charged with leaking the technologies of Samsung Mobile Display and LG Display to China.
The technology included Samsung’s active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) and LG’s White-OLED (WOLED) displays, including circuit diagrams.
Another three employees of the subcontractor were also charged but were not immediately jailed.
All six were also charged with violating a contractual agreement with Samsung and LG to keep any secrets obtained through business.
Orbotech’s Korean branch will be charged as a corporation.
Amongst the shopping list of tech taken was that for 55-inch television production. The data was saved on USBs that looked like credit cards.
While they checked the testing equipment at Samsung and LG’s panel production lines, they filmed the diagrams for 55-inch tellies.
They saved the information on the USBs, which they hid in their shoes, belts or wallets.
They allegedly delivered the technology to employees of Orbotech’s Israeli headquarters.
Prosecutors think that the data may have been sold on to China.