Man sent to prison for economic espionage

Dec. 20, 2011 at 2:52 PM

BOSTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $25,000 for selling trade secrets of his employer, Akami Technologies Inc.

Elliot Doxer, 43, of Brookline pleaded guilty to one count of foreign economic espionage at a previous hearing. At his sentencing Monday, he also was given an additional six months of house arrest.

Federal prosecutors had sought a 36-month prison term.

During an 18-month period in 2009 and 2010, Doxer believed he was selling details of Akami contracts to an Israeli agent, who actually turned out to be an FBI investigator, Boston Business Journal reported.

A sentencing memorandum written by the government stated he tried to sell Israel "confidential contracts between Akami and the FBI, [Department of Homeland Security], a leading aerospace company and several Department of Defense contractors." The total value of those contracts was near $10 million.

Doxer also insinuated to an agent that he wanted harm done to the mother of one of his children. "The mother is a terrible human being and has caused me tremendous suffering," authorities said he told the agent. "Not enough bad things can happen to her, if you know what I mean."

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