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Former American engineer guilty of giving defense information to China

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Noshir S. Gowadia was a B-2 Spirit "Stealth" Bomber engineer
  • He also worked as a U.S. government contractor handling classified matters
  • Gowadia helped design China's cruise missile system for profit

(CNN) -- A former B-2 Bomber engineer faces up to life in prison after a federal jury convicted him of sharing classified information with China.

Noshir S. Gowadia, 66, of Maui, Hawaii, was convicted of unlawfully exporting technical information, illegally retaining defense information and filing false tax returns.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Gowadia received at least $110,000 from China for helping design its cruise missile system.

"This prosecution should serve as a warning to others who would compromise our nation's military secrets for profit," Assistant Attorney General for National Security David Kris said.

According to information at his trial, Gowadia worked as an engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation for about 17 years. There he helped develop features for the B-2 Spirit Bomber, also known as the "Stealth Bomber."

Gowadia also worked on classified issues as a U.S. government contractor.

The Justice Department said Gowadia took six trips to China from 2003 to 2005 to help with China's cruise missile system. Gowadia provided design, test support and test data analysis.

Prosecutors also showed evidence that Gowadia also controlled a Liechtenstein charity -- which purportedly benefited children -- to disguise money he received from foreign countries.

Gowadia is scheduled to be sentenced November 22.