On Tuesday, August 27, 2019 the FBI reported that Anthony Levandowski was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Jose for the theft of trade secrets. The indictment alleges that Levandowski, an engineer at Google working on their self-driving car project, stole files relating to the project after his resignation in January of 2016. Levandowski worked on the self-driving car project from 2009 until his resignation, without notice in 2016.
He was the lead of the Light Detecting and Ranging (LiDAR) engineering team at the time of his resignation and the indictment alleges that in the months before his departure, he downloaded numerous engineering, manufacturing, and business files from secure Google repositories about the LiDAR and self-driving car technologies. The indictment also alleges that Levandowski was involved with other competing companies, Tyto LiDAR LLC and 280 Systems, Inc.
The indictment charges Levandowski with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets. Arraignment was set for August 27, 2019 in the afternoon and at the arraignment, NBC’s Lauren Feiner and Paayal Zaveri, reported that the next court date was set for September 4, 2019 at 11:00.
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