Christian County Man Convicted of Trade Secret Theft

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PADUCAH, Ky (WBKO) -- A Christian County man has been convicted by a federal jury for stealing trade secrets announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Officials say Phillip Lee Groves, was convicted on April 11, 2014, following a ten-day trial, for stealing trade secret information owned by White Drive Products, Inc., located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Groves stole the trade secret information while employed by the manufacturing company.

Police say the theft took place between November 30, 2007 and September 22, 2008.

At trial, the United States presented evidence that proved defendant Groves, without authorization, copied and transferred onto a USB portable hard drive approximately 30,000 files on February 22 and February 27th, 2008, which Groves intended to use as part of his employment with a White Drive Competitor.

On May 5, 2008, Groves resigned from his job with White Drive Products, Inc., and on May 12, 2008, began employment with the competitor.

Gregory Lee Wampler and Eric Dale Tinderholt were acquitted of charges by the jury.

Groves faces no more than 40 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $1,000,000.

He will be sentenced by Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Paducah.

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