Russian Computer Programmer Sentenced In U.S.

NEW YORK — A Russian programmer accused of stealing proprietary computer code from the U.S. financial firm Goldman Sachs has been sentenced in New York City to 97 months in prison.

Sergey Aleynikov was found guilty in a jury trial in December.

He was employed by Goldman Sachs between 2007-09 to develop and maintain computer platforms for high-frequency trading.

Prosecutors said that during his time with Goldman Sachs, Aleynikov stole proprietary computer code, with the intention of using it later at a competitor firm.

In addition to the prison sentence, Aleynikov, who is a dual Russian-American citizen, is required to pay a $12,500 fine.

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