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Apr 26, 2013 6:39 PM by KATC(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Branch man pleads guilty to theft of intellectual property

LAFAYETTE, La. - United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Glenn J. Soileau, 64, of Branch, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Magistrate Judge
C. Michael Hill to illegally accessing a computer which held valuable copyright protected oilfield intellectual property, to include diagrams, product designs, schematics and oil exploration related materials.

According to the Stipulated Factual Basis at the guilty plea, Soileau admitted that he used a portable USB storage device to access his former employer's computers at
Applied Electronic Systems and Sondex, which are both located in Broussard, La., and subsidiaries of General Electric Oil and Gas (GE). Soileau downloaded more than 3,700 files containing pictures, diagrams and other information relating to tools and equipment used in oilfield exploration work. He then brought the information to his new employer at Advanced Electronic Services, and they used the information for work done at Advanced Electronic Services. After being questioned by GE security staff, Soileau admitted to taking the computer files and providing them to his new employer. FBI agents
linked Soileau to the computers used in the theft through the USB.

Soileau faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, restitution, and three years of supervised release for the count of unauthorized access to a protected
computer. Sentencing was set for Sept. 13, 2013, in Lafayette. The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Namie P. Myers is prosecuting the case.

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