St. ANSGAR — A St. Ansgar man has pleaded guilty to charges he stole trade secrets surrounding enzymes from DuPont and misled federal investigators who were looking to the matter.
Josh Harry Isler, 55, entered the pleas Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Sentencing will be at a later date, and Isler remains free until then.
Isler was hired to be a technical service account manager at Genencor-Danisco, a division of DuPont, in 2013 and worked in the company’s ethanol fuel enzyme business. Later that year, he accepted a job at a rival company, and in August 2013 he allegedly downloaded hundreds of DuPont files pertaining to customers to a media device and kept the information after leaving DuPont, according to court records.
Then in November 2013, Isler made false statements to FBI agents, denying he downloaded proprietary information.
Authorities charged Isler with trade secrets theft and making false statements in June 2018.