October 16, 2014

Former Engineer at Two Global Medical Technology Corporations Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Theft of Trade Secrets

TRENTON, NJ—An engineer who formerly lived in Mahwah, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets from two global medical technology companies based in northern New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Ketankumar Maniar, 38, aka “Ketan Maniar,” previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano to an information charging him with two counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets for his own economic benefit. Maniar, an Indian national, has been in custody since his June 2013 arrest. Judge Pisano imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

C.R. Bard Inc. (Bard), based in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BD), based in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, are among the world’s leading manufacturers of medical technologies. From November 2004 until his resignation on Jan. 22, 2011, Maniar worked as an engineer at Bard’s Salt Lake City facility and was responsible for developing molding processes and specifications for catheters, ports and other medical products. From February 2012 until his resignation on May 24, 2013, Maniar worked as a staff engineer at BD’s Franklin Lakes headquarters, where he helped manufacture pre-fillable syringes and pen injectors.

Through his work at Bard and BD, Maniar was able to steal secret information related to the companies’ products, including Bard’s development of the first implantable port used for power injection of pharmaceutical drugs throughout the body. Maniar also had access to secret information related to a self-administered disposable pen injector still under development by BD and not yet available for commercial sale.

Maniar admitted he stole Bard and BD trade secrets that he kept after his resignation from those companies. Maniar downloaded numerous files containing Bard or BD product information from his work computers onto multiple computer storage devices, including external hard drives and thumb drives. He also used his work e-mail accounts at Bard and BD to forward trade secrets to his personal e-mail accounts.

On June 3, 2013, pursuant to court-issued federal warrants, FBI agents searched Maniar’s rental car and the New Jersey hotel room he stayed in while planning a move back to India. Agents seized—among other things—at least one hard drive containing Bard and BD trade secrets.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Pisano ordered Maniar to pay $32,454 in restitution to BD and ordered him to forfeit items used in furtherance of his crimes, including computers and storage devices.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, New Jersey, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked BD and Bard for their assistance with the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shirley U. Emehelu of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.