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ITMG Insider Threat Cases – May 12, 2022

Tesla Sues Former Employee for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets and then Attempting a Cover-up

Tesla has sued a former employee who it is accusing of stealing trade secrets related to its supercomputer project, Bloomberg reported on Friday. According to a filing in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, thermal engineer Alexander Yatskov quit on May 2 after having joined the company only a few months earlier, in January. According to Tesla, Yatskov admitted to transferring confidential information to his personal devices and later handing over a “dummy” laptop after company officials confronted him on suspicion of theft.

Moement, Inc. Files Trade Secret Misappropriation and Copyright Infringement Action Against Groomore, Inc. Claiming Theft of Source Code by Ex-Employees

Moement alleges that the Groomore team leveraged a copy of the Moement backend source code to build a comparable, competing scheduling software system in just four months. Contrastingly, Moement took four years to develop its leading, all-in-one scheduling software – MoeGo for pet groomers.

GlaxoSmithKline Trade Secret Theft Case Strikes Down Swiss Scientist, its 5th Target, in Conviction

A federal investigation into a criminal ring that stole trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline for a Chinese biotech has claimed its fifth target.

Gongda Xue, a Chinese citizen and former scientist at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) in Switzerland, has been convicted on charges that he conspired to steal trade secrets from GSK to benefit his own company.

Apple Sues ‘Stealth’ Startup Rivos Over Chip Trade-Secrets Theft

Apple Inc. accused “stealth-mode” startup Rivos Inc. in a lawsuit of poaching its engineers to steal trade secrets used to develop its homegrown chip designs that make iPhones more powerful.

The former employees left to join Rivos after stealing “highly-sensitive” proprietary and trade secret information about Apple’s “system-on-chip” designs, including its M1 laptop and A15 mobile phone chips, according to the complaint filed in federal court in San Jose, California.

Hartford Woman Charged After Allegedly Embezzling $2.7 Million

A news release from the attorney’s office says Berka embezzled around $1.2 million from Bader Rutter & Associates between July 2014 and September 2017. It said Berka used her authority to initiate several transfers from Bader’s corporate accounts into a bank account she controlled.

Ex-Biglaw Paralegal Allegedly Embezzled More Than $600K From Firm

Becky Louise Sutton, formerly of Saul Ewing’s Chicago office, stands accused of transferring bankruptcy estate funds meant for creditors to her own accounts. She allegedly did this from 2009 to 2018, taking a total of $682,980. According to the indictment, Sutton used the money to pay credit card bills, mortgage bills, and student loan bills, also setting some cash aside in her personal bank account and a PayPal account.

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