Remind employees: As Coke verdict shows, stealing secrets can earn jail time

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Does your organization have trade secrets that it needs to protect? If so, the recent sentencing of a Coca-Cola employee may help add bite to your confidentiality policy and nondisclosure agreements.

On May 23, an Atlanta court sentenced Joya Williams, a former secretary to Coca-Cola’s global brand director, to eight years in a federal prison for failed scheme to sell confidential Coke marketing plans and product samples to arch-rival Pepsi.

The plot was foiled when a letter Williams sent to Pepsi was turned over to authorities and the FBI investigated. The eight-year sentence handed down by the judge was more severe than the 63- to 78-month sentence recommended by federal prosecutors. The judge said the seriousness of the crime called for a departure from the guidelines, which federal judges are not bound by.

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