December 16, 2010

"Prosecution is an offshoot of a probe of Galleon Funds founder Raj Rajaratnam and 22 others in which prosecutors made extensive use of wiretaps"

Yahoo Finance News "The three consultants charged were Mark Anthony Longoria, 44, of Round Rock, Texas; Walter Shimoon, 39, of San Diego; and Manosha Karunatilaka, 37, of Marlborough, Mass." by Tom Hays, Associated Press

'Longoria worked at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. as a supply chain manager, Shimoon worked at Flextronics International Limited as senior director of business development and Karunatilaka worked as an account manager at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. office in Burlington, Mass.

'The complaint said Shimoon illegally provided information about sales forecasts and new product features for Apple's iPhone that had been given to employees of Flextronics, which worked with Apple on camera and charger components for the iPhone and iPod.

'It said he also spoke of the iPad project, saying on secretly recorded conversations with a government cooperating witness: "At Apple you can get fired for saying K48 ... outside of a meeting that doesn't have K48 people in it. That's how crazy they are about it."

'The complaint said Shimoon was also captured on wiretaps promising to get secrets about sales at Research In Motion Ltd., which makes Blackberrys.

'Shimoon has been terminated and Flextronics has clear policies prohibiting the release of confidential information about the company and its business partners, Flextronics said in a statement.'

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