NEW YORK Jan 15 The U.S. government will have
another month to seek an indictment against or reach a
settlement with a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N)
programmer accused of stealing trade secrets.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas has delayed further
proceedings to Feb. 16 in the government's case against the
former programmer Sergey Aleynikov, court records show.
Prosecutors have accused Aleynikov of downloading stolen
Goldman proprietary code onto a home computer, a theft that
could cost the Wall Street bank millions of dollars.
The government in a November filing indicated the case
might be resolved with a deferred prosecution agreement or a
misdemeanor plea, which could result in Aleynikov receiving no
Prosecutors often seek to postpone white-collar cases to
engage in plea talks. Judges typically grant such requests.
A copy of the U.S. attorney's request for an extension was
not immediately available. The request usually explains the
status of communications between the parties. A spokeswoman for
the U.S. attorney's declined to comment.
In typical deferred prosecutions, prosecutors agree to
dismiss charges after a period of time, so long as defendants
perform various requirements and do not break the law.
Aleynikov has told investigators Goldman knew he had worked
on the relevant code from home previously without complaint,
and that he had no intent to steal.
The FBI arrested Aleynikov last July 3 at Newark Liberty
International Airport. He was later freed on $750,000 bail
following several days of detention.
Aleynikov worked at Goldman in New York for two years
before joining Chicago-based Teza Technologies LLC in June.
Teza suspended him following his arrest.
The case is U.S. v. Aleynikov, U.S. District Court,
Southern District of New York, No. 09-mj-01553.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Andrew Hay)