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Authorities Say Two GE Engineers Stole Trade Secrets

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Authorities have announced legal action against two former General Electric engineers for conspiring to steal trade secrets. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York  and the FBI say 41-year-old Miguel Sernas of Mexico has been sentenced to time served, approximately a year in jail, and ordered to pay GE $1.4 million in restitution.

44-year-old Jean Patrice Delia of Montreal pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with Sernas to use GE trade secrets to benefit their company.

Authorities say Thermogen Power Services is a power plant performance evaluation company based in Montreal. Authorities say Delia stole secrets while he worked for GE in Schenectady. He faces up to 1o years in prison when he is sentenced in April.

Delia admitted that he and Sernas used the stolen trade secrets, as well as stolen marketing data, pricing information, and other confidential GE documents, to compete against GE. Among the trade secrets were computer models created and used by GE to calibrate its turbines.

Sernas has been in custody since December 2018. He pleaded guilty in May 2019.

Jim is WAMC’s Assistant News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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