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Anthony Levandowski, former Uber and Google executive, indicted

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Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer and founding member of the company’s self-driving car project, has been indicted on accusations of trade secrets theft, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

The US Attorney for the Northern District of California said Levandowski stole proprietary “engineering, manufacturing, and business files” from Google’s self-driving unit, now known as Waymo, when he resigned without notice to found Otto, which would later be acquired by Uber.

“All of us have the right to change jobs,” U.S. Attorney David Anderson said in a press release. “None of us has the right to fill our pockets on the way out the door. Theft is not innovation.”

If convicted, the 29-year-old could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each violation, prosecutors said.

For years, Levandowski has been at the center of a fight between Uber and Google after the search giant accused him or stealing technology. Levandowski was fired by Uber in May 2017, and the case went to trial in February 2018, the New York Times reports, and eventually resulted in a settlement.

In a statement, Uber said it has “cooperated with the government throughout their investigation and will continue to do so.”

A Waymo spokesperson said: “We have always believed competition should be fueled by innovation, and we appreciate the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI on this case.”

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