Successful insider investigations by the FBI have resulted in large fines and prison sentences. Last year, former Ford employee Xiang Dong Yu was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $12,500 fine as a result of having pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of theft of trade secrets. Files on Yu’s laptop matched files he accessed before leaving Ford.
Elliot Doxer was sentenced to six months in prison and a $25,000 fine for providing trade secrets to an undercover federal agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer. Doxer was hoping to sell the secrets in exchange for money.
Fox hasn’t taken Muto to court over the leaks … yet. Around two weeks after his Gawker debut, the NYPD showed up to Muto’s place with a search warrant looking for evidence of conspiracy to commit grand larceny and computer tampering. The warrant included notes, recordings, CDs, flash drives, computers, or any other way he’d be able to hide content downloaded from Fox.
So far, the biggest outcome from the leaks has been a six-figure book deal for Muto.
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