Just when Anthony Levandowski is about to leave his former employer, Google, he secretly downloaded files from the company that leads to his downfall.
Anthony Levandowski, a Former Google Executive, has been charged and sentenced to prison for 18 months.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup convicted Levandowski with one count of Google’s trade secret theft. The US Justice Department stated that Levandowski downloaded and brought stolen files to Uber. These files are related to the self-driving car technology that Google is creating.
Anthony Levandowski’s Lawsuit
They gave the sentence for over four months after the former Google executive Anthony Levandowski has arrived at a plea agreement with the federal prosecutors who brought a criminal case against him last August.
Anthony Levandowski, who helped Google’s self-driving car putting into life, was ordered to pay damages more than $850.000. The accused has found guilty in downloading 14,000 “highly confidential” files describing self-driving technology research and bringing them to Otto.
The U.S. District Judge Alsup has taken a strategical step in opening a criminal investigation into Levandowski during the hearing case over a civil trial between Waymo and Uber.
Waymo is an adjunct self-driving car project that has been created by Google in 2007 right after getting Levandowski to be part of the team.
Levandowski eventually became discontented left Google in early 2016. He then started to create his own self-driving truck company, namely, Otto. Finally, the Otto company was purchased for $680 million by Uber.
Despite the accusations, Levandowski’s lawyers argued that their client deserved some leniency because there was no evidence that he used Google’s trade secrets while working with Uber.
Anthony Levandowski is now facing a $250,000 fine and a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. It was reported that Levandowski filed for bankruptcy earlier this year after another court upheld an arbitration ruling requiring him to pay Google $179 million from the bonus he received from the company.