The U.S. Attorney’s office announced that a defendant entered a guilty plea to a charge of theft of trade secrets from Bristol-Myers Squibb, in violation of Title 18, United States Code 1832. According the U.S. Attorney, the defendant Shalin Jhaveri holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and was employed at the time of his arrest in February of 2010 as a Technical Operations Associate in Bristol-Myers’ management training program. The U.S. accused defendant of stealing trade secrets during his employment with Bristol-Myers and devising a plan to convert them to his own use. At the time of his arrest, Jhaveri was allegedly meeting in a Syracuse hotel room with an individual he believed was an investor willing to finance a business venture Jhaveri planned to start in his native India. According to the U.S. Attorney, Jhaveri transferred Bristol-Myers trade secrets to this investor, an individual he knew was not employed by or associated with Bristol-Myers in any capacity.
Jhaveri admitted the following as part of his plea: (1) while employed by Bristol-Myers in its management training program at its Syracuse facility, he devised a plan to steal trade secrets of Bristol-Myers and convert them to his own use; (2) he did steal trade secrets from Bristol-Myers, and in doing so used methods to disguise his actions and evade detection by the Company; (3) he communicated, using a specially created email account and password he set up expressly for that purpose, with an individual he knew was not employed by or affiliated with Bristol-Myers, who he believed to be an investor willing to finance a business venture Jhaveri planned to start in his native India; (4) Jhaveri discussed with and transferred to that individual trade secrets he had stolen from Bristol-Myers; and (5) when asked by this investor whether the information he had taken from Bristol-Myers was everything he needed, responded that it was.
Jhaveri also consented to the entry of an order of removal/deportation from the United States by an Immigration Judge, to take place upon completion of any jail term imposed, and to not seek relief or take an appeal from such order. Jhaveri faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, up to three years of supervised release, and deportation.
Stephen C. Green was the Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting the case.