UPDATE 6-Ex-Goldman programmer out on bail in theft case

martes 7 de julio de 2009 06:16 CEST

* Computer expert accused of stealing trading codes

* Goldman has not seen business or clients harmed - source

* NYSE says no connection with dropped trading report (Adds details from Bloomberg on Teza suspending Aleynikov)

By Martha Graybow

NEW YORK, July 6 (Reuters) - A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N: Cotización) computer programmer accused of stealing secret trading codes from the financial firm has been released from federal custody after posting bail, authorities said on Monday.

Sergey Aleynikov, 39, was arrested by the FBI on Friday and charged with "theft of trade secrets." He met the terms of his $750,000 bail and was released Monday, said FBI spokesman James Margolin.

Aleynikov is accused of misusing computer codes that belong to his former employer, a New York-based financial institution that authorities did not identify in court papers but sources say is Goldman Sachs. [ID:nN05180222]

A transcript of Aleynikov's appearance before U.S. Magistrate Kevin Nathaniel Fox in Manhattan on Saturday also shows that Aleynikov worked for Goldman.

His lawyer, Sabrina Shroff, said at that proceeding that Aleynikov told authorities after his arrest that he did not intend to sell the information or use it "contrary to my employment agreement with Goldman Sachs."   Continuación...