Goldman Ex-Programmer Should Get 10-Year Term for Code Theft, U.S. Says

Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) computer programmer Sergey Aleynikov should get as much as 121 months in prison for stealing the firm’s computer source code, U.S. prosecutors said in a court filing.

Aleynikov, convicted in December of violating the Economic Espionage Act and the Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property Act, has asked to be given probation when he is sentenced by U.S. District Court judge Denise Cote on March 18. Prosecutors cited Aleynikov’s alleged history of violating intellectual property laws, asking Cote to sentence him to 97 to 121 months.

“Aleynikov was simply a thief motivated by greed, someone who sought to benefit from the valuable intellectual property of his employer to make money for himself and his new company,” prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum filed in Manhattan federal court March 11.

On Feb. 24, Cote ordered Aleynikov, who had been free on bond, jailed before sentencing because she deemed him a flight risk. Aleynikov, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, holds dual U.S.-Russian citizenship, said his attorney Kevin Marino.

The case is U.S. v. Aleynikov, 1:10-cr-00096, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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