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ITMG Insider Threat Cases – November 17, 2021

Former GE Engineer Gets Two Years in Trade Secret Theft Case; Feds Cite All Who Rely on GE as Victims

A former General Electric engineer was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for conspiring to steal trade secrets from General Electric, federal prosecutors said.

Jean Patrice Delia, 46, of Montreal, pleaded guilty earlier in the case. He admitted that he and another man, Miguel Sernas, 40, of Mexico City, had gone into business under the name ThermoGen Power Services to compete against General Electric worldwide using trade secrets Delia had stolen while employed at GE’s Schenectady campus, prosecutors said.

Grand Jury Charges Ben Lomond Engineer With Stealing Trade Secrets

The Nov. 4 indictment alleges that the 50-year-old Kim stole Broadcom trade secrets associated with its family of chips often used in high-volume data centers. Prosecutors say Kim stole the information in the days before his July 17, 2020, departure from Broadcom.

Ten days after his last day at the company, according to the indictment, Kim began working at the director level for Company-1, a China-based startup company focused on chip design and the market for networking chips.

Liberty University Seeks Return of ‘Trade Secrets’ in Counterclaim Against Former VP

Liberty University is suing a former employee for up to $3 million for defamation and are asking him to turn over all documents or “trade secret” information.

Liberty University filed the answer and counterclaim Friday, Nov. 5, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia against Scott Lamb, LU’s former senior vice president of communications and public engagement.

The Plot Plot Thickens: Trade Secret, Tortious Interference, Fiduciary Duty Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss

Park Lawn and PlotBox are competitors in the cemetery business. In 2018, Park Lawn began developing software to automate various cemetery management tasks to cut costs. Park Lawn also hoped to generate revenue by licensing the software to competitors. Park Lawn’s CEO, however, had been leaking information to PlotBox about the software, its unique features and Park Lawn’s strategy for licensing. The CEO also helped PlotBox in its efforts to recruit Park Lawn’s chief technology officer, who had been overseeing the software project. The CEO acted despite having signed confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Park Lawn ultimately discovered the CEO’s involvement with PlotBox and fired him. Soon after, the CEO became PlotBox’s chairman. Park Lawn sued PlotBox for stealing its trade secrets, interfering with the CEO’s employment agreements and helping the CEO breach his fiduciary duty to Park Lawn. PlotBox moved to dismiss.

Russian Cybercriminal Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Digital Advertising Fraud Scheme

Between September 2014 and December 2016, Zhukov operated a purported advertising network—Media Methane—and carried out a digital advertising fraud scheme that came to be known as “Methbot.”  Media Methane had business arrangements with other advertising networks whereby it received payment in return for placing advertisements—primarily video advertisements—on websites. Rather than place advertisements on real publishers’ webpages where human internet users would see them, Zhukov rented more than 2,000 computer servers housed in commercial datacenters in Dallas, Texas, Amsterdam and the Netherlands, and programmed the datacenter computer servers (the “bots”) to simulate humans viewing ads on webpages.  Zhukov and his co-conspirators programmed the bots to load real ads on blank webpages while falsely representing that the ads were loading on real webpages, “spoofing” the domains of more than 6,000 publishers, including The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, Newsday, and the Staten Island Advance.

Former Jackson Township Official Charged with Embezzling $170,000

According to the Indictment, Baun was the Secretary and Treasurer for Jackson Township, which is in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. From approximately September 2011 until approximately December 2019, Baun embezzled approximately $170,000.00 from the township. Baun embezzled the funds by making unauthorized ATM withdrawals from the township’s general fund and by making online purchases, including several on Amazon.com, using the township’s general fund. Baun attempted to conceal her thefts by making false entries into the township’s QuickBooks accounting software.

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