Former GM employee, husband, indicted in alleged scheme to steal hybrid car secrets in '05

A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted a former General Motors employee and her husband in an alleged scheme to steal information about hybrid vehicles.

Shanshan Du is accused of copying thousands of GM documents in January 2005, five days after getting a severance offer from the automaker. The government says the conspiracy began in 2003.

The government says her husband, Yu Qin (Kin), subsequently made a deal to provide hybrid technology to a Chinese company.

Prosecutors say the Troy couple shredded documents and dumped them in a bin behind a store in May 2006 after the grand jury sought information.

Du and Qin will be in court Thursday. Qin's lawyer says he's surprised by the indictment. A message seeking comment was left with Du's attorney.