Sheesh, Sergey Aleynikov can't catch a break. Most of you will remember him as the ex-Goldman programmer who swiped the firm's Doomsday Machine code before jumping ship to another firm. Or I guess we have to say allegedly swiped the code (again), since his federal criminal conviction was overturned by a higher court.
Neither distinction mattered to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance and US Attorney Preet Bharara when they charged him in state court on Thursday. Aleynikov faces up to four years in prison on the new charges of unlawful use of secret scientific material and duplication of computer-related material.
"This code is so highly confidential that it is known in the industry as the firm's 'secret sauce,' " Mr. Vance said Thursday in a statement. "Employees who exploit their access to sensitive information should expect to face criminal prosecution in New York State."
If you guys remember back to when he first diddled Goldman's mainframe, the FBI showed up on his driveway like 10 minutes later. Seriously. They didn't make Osama bin Laden the same priority they made this poor schmuck whose biggest mistake in life was thinking you could steal from the almightyand get away with it.
Now that he somehow wriggled out of the federal noose, the state boys are coming after him. Double jeopardy be damned. You don't fucking steal from.
For the record, I think Vance and Bharara are good guys who will be remembered for doing a good job on balance. But for crying out loud, can we go after somebody who actually hurt someone financially and benefited themselves to the tune of a couple hundred million?
Seriously, guys. Enough with the low-hanging fruit. We get that the Wall Street paymasters want to send a message to the working class finance pogues that their lives will be over if they fuck with the firm. Message received.
Now how about going after Fuld and Callan for Repo 105, hmmm? That's just one idea. Honestly, call me. I can help you guys retire on the perjury cases alone from all the bogus bank CEO testimony before Congress over the past four years.
But I guess that would look too much like justice.