SAN JOSE – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced that Brent Alan Woodard, 35, of Oakland, California, was sentenced today to two years in prison for his conviction of one count of theft of trade secrets in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1832. United States District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte imposed the sentence, which will be followed by 3 years of supervised release.
According to his plea agreement and court records, Mr. Woodard stole trade secrets stored on computer backup tapes from his former employer, Lightwave Microsystems, Inc., of San Jose, California, and attempted to sell them to JDS-Uniphase, a competitor of Lightwave, with offices in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Lightwave Microsystems has since been bought out by Neophotonics, Corp., also of San Jose, California.
The guilty plea and sentencing were the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was overseen by the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Matt Parrella is the Assistant U.S. Attorney in the CHIP Unit who is prosecuting the case. Lightwave Microsystems, Inc., Neophotonics Corp., and JDS-Uniphase cooperated with the FBI in the investigation.