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    Default Ex-secretary convicted of stealing Coke secrets

    Ex-secretary found guilty of stealing Coke secrets
    POSTED: 3:03 p.m. EST, February 2, 2007
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    NEW: Jury finds Joya Williams guilty of plotting to steal Coke's secrets
    Jury deliberated 11 hours
    Plan was to sell secrets to rival Pepsi for $1.5 million, feds say
    Two men pleaded guilty in plot

    ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- A federal jury convicted a former Coca-Cola secretary Friday of conspiring to steal trade secrets from world's largest beverage maker in an effort to sell them to rival Pepsi.

    Joya Williams faces up to 10 years in prison. No sentencing date was immediately set.

    The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 11 hours over three days. On Thursday it told U.S. District Judge J. Owen Forrester it was "hung" and could not decide. Forrester told the jury to try again Friday.

    Williams showed no visible reaction when the verdict was announced. Her lawyer comforted her as she left the courtroom, and said she plans to appeal.

    Williams was fired as a secretary to Coca-Cola's global brand director at the company's Atlanta headquarters after the allegations came to light.

    The government says Williams stole confidential documents and samples of products that hadn't been launched from The Coca-Cola Co. and gave them to Ibrahim Dimson and Edmund Duhaney as part of a conspiracy to sell the items to Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo Inc. for at least $1.5 million. (Read the indictment)

    Dimson and Duhaney have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Duhaney testified previously that Williams spearheaded the scheme. Dimson did not testify.

    The government says Williams was deeply in debt, unhappy in her job and seeking a big payday, so she embarked on the scheme to steal trade secrets.

    Defense lawyer Janice Singer urged jurors to use their common sense, and she argued that prosecutors did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Singer suggested that Dimson and Duhaney stole the documents and product samples from Williams without her knowledge and conspired to sell them to Pepsi behind her back. Williams testified earlier this week she left a key under her doormat for one of the co-defendants, perhaps explaining how they could have gotten into her home.

    But Assistant U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak said during his closing argument Wednesday that the key under the mat claim was one of many lies told by Williams.

    During two days on the stand, Williams testified that she didn't steal anything from Coke, but rather took documents and product samples home to protect herself in case her boss questioned whether she was doing her job.

    She also claimed that $4,000 in cash she deposited into her bank account in June 2006, just days after Dimson was given $30,000 in cash from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for Coke materials, came from a friend, not from Dimson.

    But the friend, Clifton Carroll, testified Tuesday that Williams was lying; he said the most money he ever loaned her was $400, and that was after her July 5 arrest.

    Williams' credibility was an issue for the jury to weigh during its deliberations.
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    It sounds like Coke is a bio-chem military organization. 10 years in prison, yeah

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    I guess she wanted to teach the world Coke's secrets.



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