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Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2001
 

Man Indicted for Theft of Trade Secrets from Fabricated Metal Products Inc.

(June 6, 2001)


United States Attorney John A. Danaher III announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Hartford, Connecticut, returned a three count indictment against NICHOLAS DADDONA, age 44, of 22 Catering Road, Wolcott, Connecticut, charging him with two counts of theft of trade secrets and one count of unauthorized access of a computer.

According to the indictment, DADDONA, while employed by Fabricated Metal Products, Inc. ("FMP"), located in Naugatuck, began working for a competitor, Eyelet Toolmakers Inc. of Watertown, without FMP’s knowledge. FMP is engaged in the business of custom design and production of deep drawn metal products, such as ammunition components, sprinkler parts, and fuel filter cans. While working simultaneously for both companies, the indictment charges that DADDONA stole and duplicated from FMP unique engineering plans for the development and manufacture of a large transfer press and tooling specifications and delivered them to Eyelet and another company working for Eyelet. The plans were stored on FMP’s computers. The indictment also charges DADDONA with one count of unauthorized access to FMP’s computers.

If convicted of stealing trade secrets, DADDONA faces a maximum penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count. If convicted of the charge of unauthorized access of a computer, DADDONA faces a maximum penalty of up to 5 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

United States Attorney Danaher stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which it will be the Government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Maria A. Kahn and Keith A. King and Trial Attorney Joseph Metcalfe of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section.

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