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A former Intel employee who quit to work for AMD has been indicted in trade secrets theft

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Intel employee whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has accused of stealing trade secrets from the company.

Biswamohan Pani, 33, allegedly was found with more than 100 pages of Intel documents, with 13 "top secret" file also discovered inside his residence.  Intel put more than $1 billion of research and development money into the documents Pani stole, which includes future CPU designs.

"The indictment was not a surprise," said Bradford Bailey, Pani's attorney.  "We knew it was coming.  We will enter a plea of not guilty when an arraignment date is set, and he will vigorously contest the charges because he is innocent."

Pani submitted his resignation at Intel in May 2008, and planned on working until June 11, but began working for Advanced Micro Devices on June 2.  When he started his job at AMD, he still had an Intel laptop and access to the internal Intel network.

During a search of his home in early July, the FBI found eight different documents that were classified as "secret," "top secret" and "confidential."  AMD did not request he steal the information or knew anything about his actions, the federal government believes.

"AMD has not been accused of wrongdoing, and the FBI has stated that there is no evidence that AMD had any involvement in or awareness of Mr. Pani's alleged actions," AMD said in a statement published by the Associated Press.

According to Pani, he took the files to help his wife work on a project, who is currently employed by Intel.  Intel quickly pointed out the files would have served no use for his wife.

Pani now faces four counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of trade secrets.  He faces up to 10 years on the single count of theft of trade secrets and up to 20 years for each count of wire fraud.

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RE: Back-asswards, much?
By amandahugnkiss on 11/6/2008 9:03:09 PM , Rating: 1
Sentences are not designed to be 'fair' or compared to one another, they are a punishment intended to be severe enough to prevent subsequent similar behavior. The effects of his actions could affect the entire industry and the livelihood of everyone working in the field, stock holders, etc... so his sentence is most likely going to be pretty heavy.

BTW, where the fuck did everyone get the idea that life is or should be fair? It seems like everytime there's a cyber/tech criminal case everyone jumps up and down comparing it to unrelated crimes and bitching about how it isn't fair, it didn't hurt this or that, nobody was killed...

RE: Back-asswards, much?
By B on 11/6/2008 9:25:31 PM , Rating: 4
Actually, there is supposed to be a sense of fairness in crime and punishment, it is one of the basic tenets of our judicial system. The concept is called retributive justice. While this concept has waxed and waned over the years, it has always had a presence in our judicial system.

Here is a brief excerpt from Wikipedia to illustrate, "In ethics and law "Let the punishment fit the crime" is the principle that the severity of penalty for a misdeed or wrongdoing should be reasonable and proportional to the severity of the infraction. The concept is common to most cultures throughout the world."."

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