Man Charged for Stealing Trade Secrets from Employee Placement Firm (May 2, 2002)
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May 2, 2002

U.S. Department of Justice
Eric Melgren
United States Attorney
District of Kansas
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Wichita, Kansas 67202
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Iowa Man Charged for Stealing Trade Secret from Employee Placement Firm

Kansas City, Kan. -- United States Attorney Eric Melgren announced that nine individuals were indicted on Wednesday, May 1, 2002, by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kansas. Those indicted include:  Jeffery W. Dorn, 28, currently of West Des Moines, Iowa, previously of Olathe, Kansas, is charged with one count of stealing a trade secret from the Spencer Reed Group, Inc., Overland Park, Kansas, from January 23, 2001, through January 31, 2001. An affidavit filed with the court alleges that Dorn, while employed with Spencer Reed Group, Inc., (SRG), an employee placement firm, stole information from SRG pertaining to the matching of potential employees with prospective employers. The affidavit further alleges that in January 2001, Dorn, working independently of SRG, used SRG information to place a candidate directly with a company in the Kansas City area. The affidavit also alleges that this company paid Dorn directly for this placement.

If convicted, Dorn faces a maximum of ten years in federal prison without parole. The case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton. As in any criminal case, a person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The Indictments filed merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.