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Man Sentenced in 2002 Qualcomm Incident

A federal judge sentenced a San Diego man to probation Jan. 3 after the man pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from Qualcomm Inc.

U.S. District Judge James Lorenz sentenced Michael E. Laude, 47, of Ocean Beach to three years’ probation and 288 hours of community service. The judge also imposed a $5,000 fine.

Laude, a 10-year employee of Qualcomm, pleaded guilty to one count of stealing Qualcomm’s trade secrets.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Laude copied more than 400,000 source code files from a Qualcomm computer system to his home computer between June and October 2002.

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Federal prosecutors said Laude accepted a job with Qualcomm rival Nokia on Aug. 13, 2002, quit his Qualcomm job Oct. 11, and started work at Nokia the following week.

“There is no evidence that the pilfered source code was used by Mr. Laude at Nokia or otherwise infiltrated Nokia,” said a statement released by the U.S. attorney’s office. The statement said Nokia cooperated in the investigation.

The FBI’s Cybercrime Squad investigated the case.

, Brad Graves

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