“He thought he was the smartest guy in the room.” That’s how FBI Albany Special Agent Vin Manglavil described Jean Patrice Delia, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal trade secrets from General Electric Company (GE). According to Manglavil, Delia was so confident that he believed he could download thousands of proprietary files—including a valuable trade secret—and launch a company to compete against his employer without anyone figuring out what he was up to.
The investigation found that after he returned to GE, Delia began downloading thousands of files from the company’s system, including ones that contained trade secrets. Delia also convinced an employee within the IT department to grant him access to files that he had no legitimate reason to see. Those files contained the proposals and cost models GE used to bid on new work and contracts. Court documents show he collected more than 8,000 files.