Trade Secret/Economic Espionage Cases
March 12, 2002
U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Connecticut
Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building
450 Main Street, Room 328
Hartford, CT 06103
Fax (860) 240-3291
Man Sentenced for Theft of Trade Secrets from Fabricated Metal Products Inc.
United States Attorney John A. Danaher III, announced that NICHOLAS DADDONA, age 45, of 22 Catering Road, Wolcott, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court in Hartford to 5 months of home confinement with electronic monitoring to be followed by 36 months of probation. DADDONA was convicted of stealing trade secrets from his former employer, Fabricated Metal Products, Inc.( .FMP.), located in Naugatuck. The Honorable Alfred V. Covello, Chief United States District Court Judge, also ordered DADDONA to pay a fine in the amount of $4,000.00 and a special assessment in the amount of $100.00. DADDONA previously agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $10,000 to the victim.
On September 7, 2001, DADDONA entered a plea of guilty to one count of theft of trade secrets. The charge arose out of his former employment with Fabricated Metal Products. While employed by FMP, DADDONA began working for a competitor, Eyelet Toolmakers, Inc., of Watertown, without FMP’s knowledge. DADDONA admitted that he stole unique engineering plans stored on FMP’s computers and delivered them to Eyelet and associated entities.
The case was investigated by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Maria A. Kahn and Joseph Metcalfe, Trial Attorney, Department of Justice, Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Division.