President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardon Anthony Lewandowski, former Google and Uber engineer and self-driving car expert Kahn Rule To 18 months in prison in August 2020 for stealing trade secrets from Google.
Lewandowski was a pioneer in self-driving car technology at Google and made millions. He quits the company to found Auto, a self-driving truck startup that he sold to the giant Uber in 2016 for $ 680 million. A year later, it becomes Google Waymo’s self-driving car unit File a lawsuit against Uber Claiming that Levandowski took thousands of Google files, including secret product designs, with him before leaving.
The companies eventually settled when Uber offered Waymo approximately $ 250 million in shares and agreed not to violate the company’s intellectual property rights.
But in August 2019, federal prosecutors indicted Lewandowski with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft. In March last year, Lewandowski pleaded guilty to a trade secret theft crime and pleaded guilty to downloading thousands of internal Google documents. On his personal computer. In addition to the 18-month prison sentence, he was also ordered to pay a $ 95,000 fine and $ 756,500 in damages. The judge agreed to let Lewandowski stay out of prison until the end Coronavirus pandemic.
“Mr. Lewandowski has paid dearly for his actions and plans to devote his talents to the promotion of the common good,” the White House said in statement On the last day of Trump’s presidency, the amnesty was announced with Dozens From Others. Lewandowski was dubbed by the White House “an American entrepreneur who led Google’s efforts to create self-driving technology.”
Among the supporters of the amnesty is a Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, A longtime supporter of Trump, and founder of Oculus Palmer Locke, Who once donated money to a pro-Trump nonprofit linked to the Alternative Right.
A Waymo spokesman declined to comment on the Lewandowski pardon. Uber did not respond to a request for comment.