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Coke employees get jail time for trade espionage scheme

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Two former Coca-Cola employees who tried to sell trade secrets to PepsiCo will serve prison terms and pay $40,000 in restitution.

Joya Williams of Norcross was sentenced to eight years in federal prison, while her partner, Ibrahim Dimson of New York, received five. A third conspirator, Edmund Duhaney from Decatur, awaits sentencing.

The three were caught in a sting operation in 2006 after PepsiCo informed Coca-Cola that they had received a letter offering to sell company secrets.

Coca-Cola went directly to the FBI, which collected surveillance video of Williams in her office riffling through files and stuffing documents into her bags. Dimson sold the documents to undercover agents. The first payments were small—$5,000 and $10,000—but they quickly escalated to deals of $75,000 for a new product sample and further secrets for $1.5 million.

Coca-Cola has since conducted a security review.

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