On April 13, 2017, Dmitry Sazonov was charged with attempted theft of trade secrets for his alleged attempted theft of proprietary computer code for a trading platform from his employer, a financial services firm with an office in New York.  According to the complaint, Sazonov allegedly took various steps to attempt to steal proprietary code in advance of a February 3, 2017 meeting with a supervisor about the future of his role at the firm.  Sazonov allegedly deployed a computer program that appended pieces of proprietary code to various other apparently innocuous files on his desktop computer at the firm.  Sazonov allegedly added the files to an encrypted zip file, which he appended to draft emails to be sent to an email address he controlled.  Sazonov did not send the emails prior to the February 3, 2017 meeting in which he was fired.  During the meeting, he allegedly asked to return to his desk to retrieve files on his computer.  Pursuant to firm policy, Sazonov was not permitted to return to his desk before being escorted out of the firm’s New York office.  Following his termination, Sazonov contacted individuals at the firm, requesting that they send him the files saved on his firm computer.  On April 12, 2017, Sazonov reported to the lobby of the firm to retrieve a disk he believed to contain the files and was subsequently arrested.  United States v. Sazonov, 17-mag-2798 (S.D.N.Y.). DOJ Press Release