Bo Jiang has been indicted by a grand jury for making false statements to federal agents. A preliminary and detention hearing are scheduled for Thursday in Newport News.
Jiang worked for the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton for about two years. He was on a Beijing-bound plane at Dulles International Airport on Saturday when he was questioned by agents about what electronics he was taking with him.
The indictment says he failed to disclose a laptop and two hard drives, among other things.
An FBI affidavit says Jiang had a one-way ticket to China and was under investigation for possible violations of the Arms Control Export Act.