(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by The U.S. Justice Department and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
JUNE 5, 2013
FORMER ENGINEER FOR GLOBAL MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
CHARGED WITH STEALING TRADE SECRETS FROM NEW JERSEY EMPLOYER
NEWARK, N.J. - A former engineer for global medical technology
company Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) was arrested this
morning by special agents of the FBI at a hotel in Ramsey, N.J.,
disrupting his alleged plan to relocate to India with trade
secrets he stole from the Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based company,
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Ketankumar Maniar, aka “Ketan Maniar,” 36, an Indian national
recently of Mahwah, N.J., is charged by complaint with theft of
trade secrets for his own economic benefit. He is scheduled to
appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C.
Mannion in Newark federal court to face the charge.
According to the criminal complaint unsealed today:
Until his resignation from BD on May 24, 2013, Maniar was a
staff engineer at BD’s Franklin Lakes headquarters, where he was
a member of a group responsible for manufacturing prefillable
syringes and pen injectors. In that capacity, Maniar had access
to trade secret information related to BD products, including a
self-administered disposable pen injector still under
development by BD and not yet released for commercial sale.
While still employed by BD in May of 2013, Maniar downloaded
approximately 8,000 files - containing, among other things,
highly valuable BD trade secret information related to the pen
in development - onto multiple computer storage devices,
including external hard drives and thumb drives. Most of
Maniar’s download activity occurred during the weeks leading up
to his resignation.
Maniar also downloaded BD files from home after he had called in
sick to work, and forwarded numerous files containing BD
confidential information to one of his personal email accounts.
The materials Maniar allegedly downloaded essentially comprise a
tool kit for mass producing the pen injector.
On June 3, 2013, FBI agents executed court-issued search
warrants of Maniar’s hotel room and seized computers and
computer storage devices.
The maximum potential penalty for the theft of trade secrets
charge is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under
the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in
Newark, with the investigation leading to the arrest. He also
credited BD for its cooperation in the matter.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shirley
U. Emehelu of the U.S. Attorney’s Offices Economic Crimes Unit
The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely
accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and
until proven guilty.
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