Ex-Goldman HFT Programmer Sergey Aleynikov Indicted, Faces 25 Years In Prison

Tyler Durden's picture

Sergey Aleynikov, the former Goldman programmer, who was arrested by the FBI in July last year on virtually a day's notice after Goldman told the FBI the Russian had stolen secrets that could be used to manipulate markets, has just been indicted on charges he stole computer codes used for proprietary high-frequency trading programs. The specific charges include theft of trade secrets, transportation of stolen property in interstate and foreign commerce and unauthorized computer access. The charges carry a total jail time of 25 years.

As is now well-known, Aleynikov, shortly before his departure from Goldman, was hired by Misha Malyshev's Teza Technologies. The firm was founded after Malyshev left his former post as head of High Frequency Trading at Citadel. According to prosecutors, in July 2009 Sergey flew to Chicago and brought a laptop and another storage device containing Goldman's proprietary souce code to a meeting at Teza's office. Malyshev has denied any allegations that he has received Goldman's prop HFT code.

The indictment comes at a time when most observers had expected this case would be settled quietly, as the prevailing sense was the Goldman had no actionable case, especially after numerous months of court delays.

The question now is how much information will be made available for discovery, and how much will be filed under Seal so that no additional Goldman HFT secrets enter the public domain.

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SteveNYC's picture

Yet Paulson, Bernanke, Geithner, Blankfein, Rubin, Friedman etc etc etc. all continue to walk free.

Worse still, it is implied that Goldman, being the honest custodians that they are, are using this technology for "fair" and "good" market practices??


Not fair.

Problem Is's picture

"Not fair."

Sort of like the SEC ignoring massive insider trading at Citi before the stock collapsed... Rubin cleared $30.6 million on his stock sales, Prince $26.5 million, Druskin $32 million... shareholder lawsuit... SEC couldn't miss that if they were blind...

Instead they go after some analyst for an $800 trade...

bonddude's picture

Who's next? Matt Taibbi?

Anonymous's picture

Simply a function of which mafia you belong to and the jurisdiction in which you decide to tweak the prevailing Mafia.

Orly's picture

I sure hope Sergey squeals all over the place.

Best of luck to you, sir.

SilverIsKing's picture

Hope he gets a fair trial with a jury who understands how the game truly works.

lizzy36's picture

seriously there is a better chance of tiger woods becoming a celibate priest then "getting a jury who understands how the game truly works".

SilverIsKing's picture

Okay, maybe I over did it a bit.  How about, "getting a jury that can be taught enough about how the game works?"

Problem Is's picture

If Sergey gets Shmucky Schumer, Mary Shapiro, C. Cox and C. Dodd on that jury... They will be too hopelessly stupid to understand the case...

waterdog's picture

This guy is a fool if he does not spill the beans. Tell The judge to go screw himself if he does not get a suspended sentence. This nut stole more information about Goldman than some hackable code. This guy knows how to steal. Before him, Goldman only dreamed of stealing. If this idiot goes to prison, the oligarchy will kill him before he meets his first lover of Greek heritage.



earnyermoney's picture

We'll see who has the stones to take on the criminal oligarchy in Russia.

Anonymous's picture

That'd be a good fight.

TraderMark's picture

Don't mess with Goldman Sachs.

Anonymous's picture

I doubt the Russian oligarchs are scared.

Simple's picture

nice scenario for a film ... f 0 ck goldman and brothers..




Anonymous's picture

Is Government Sachs still sticking with the "in the wrong hands" defense?

carbonmutant's picture

It's hard to imagine that they would want him on the stand... unless they have a gag order on the trial.

You know national security and all that...

Anonymous's picture

why not? Michele Obama declared obesity a National Security threat!

Anonymous's picture

That's why they pushed this criminally. So he'll invoke his 5th Amendment rights. If it was pursued in civil court, he'd have to testify.

Anonymous's picture

The cat is out of the bag. If he stole technology that could be used to "manipulate markets," then what was Goldman Sachs doing with technology in the first place?

I sure hope they weren't manipulating markets. That would be a crime.

David449420's picture

Actually, what has not been disclosed is WHO made the decision to prosecute him. 

Seems to me that he could quite easily open the door to an in depth criminal investigation into Goldman Sax.

Maybe there are some principled actors still left in the judicial system.

tom a taxpayer's picture

I hope it does lead to a criminal investigation of Goldman Sachs. The prosecutor, the judge, or the press are possible sources to spark it.
Otherwise, what we have is the judicial system aiding and abetting Goldman Sachs ownership of stealth burglary tools.

Anonymous's picture

I guess you are only allowed to manipulate the market if you work for The Golden Scrote

In Goldman We Trust

Anonymous's picture

I know...doesn't that basically say this whole thing we call a free market is just one big friggin joke?

How is this allowed to continue?

PenGun's picture

BINGO! You win nothing ...mWhahaha.

Anonymous's picture

WHY is Lloyd Blankfein not in HANDCUFFS???

WHERE are the investigations into the crimes perpatrated against citizens WORLD WIDE???

It is obvious that Sergey simply turned over a stone and exposed them.

WHO is protecting the crimes of Goldman and WHY?

Anonymous's picture

Because he a big, swinging dick!

David449420's picture

Bringing this guy to trial may be the first step in getting the investigation started.

tpberg7's picture

Divine intervention has kept him out of jail all of these years!  There are no rules when you are doing "Gods Work"

JuicyTheAnimal's picture

Like OMG, I just downloaded the code on BT Junkie.  I browsed through it and sure enough this algo is good.  With an account of only a hunred bucks it looks like I can now move the market 8% within hours...but only up.  I just need to get me a high power computer now.  Anyone got one I can rent? 

Anonymous's picture

Show me your hands first. In the wrong ones and all that.

Anonymous's picture

Let's look at the simple facts here.

Goldman has a record akin to Bernie Madoffs', and it is mathematically impossible to "succeed" at the rate they have.

None of their explanations add up, and the manipulation continues world-wide.

Stop their looting, and start prosecuting!

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Problem Is's picture

"Angela Merkel Clanks When She Walks" ???

Upper right corner, Market Ticker??...

Prof Gulliver's picture

I can almost hear this on Goldman's PA system: "Paging Jack Ruby! Jack Ruby, please report to the courthouse."

poor fella's picture

Niiice! +3

He'll probably choke to death on a boiled pea or shank himself 100+ times in the face..


arnoldsimage's picture

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buzzsaw99's picture

Put me on that jury. heh heh

Anonymous's picture

I bet they'd disqualify any Zero Hedge reader. Sorry buzz.

Captain Willard's picture

They have their own police force and criminal justice system now. Khalid Sheik Mohammed will get a fairer trial. He'd get less than 25 years had his laptop been full of blow.

Anonymous's picture

Possession of proprietary burglary tools.

Ripped Chunk's picture

"arrested by the FBI in July last year on virtually a day's notice"

Thats a quick investigation for probable cause.....................

JohnKing's picture

bah..this is about gov't sponsored enforcement of employment agreements. There was no investigation. The prosecutor and "investigators" need to be investigated on this one. I wonder how many programmers are still wanting to work at the squid.

el Gallinazo's picture

Sergey will never get a fair trial in NY.  They will need a change of venue to Bogram, Afghanistan.

Anonymous's picture

Got exactly what he deserved. Do you really think you can cross the Mob and live? This guy screwed with the Vampire Squid. I'm amazed he's still breathing.

Anyway he was pretty stupid to be walking around with GS proprietary code in any type of storage device. Admittedly GS is the bigger crook in this little morality play, but if you're gonna try and pull off a heist of this magnitude then at least use a little more, no a lot more, discretion.

Walking around with this type of information is tantamount to asking to be pinched by the Feds. Makes you wonder if Teza Tech wasn't an accessory to the whole thing, or worse yet, a snitch in the whole operation, either way Sergey may need to learn to enjoy being ass raped, at the trial and in prison.

Anonymous's picture

Hmmmm, consider the treatment Martin Armstrong received in a New York trial. I don't think it's looking good for Sergey.

Anonymous's picture

So Goldman admits they are engaged in HFT. This is legal activity?

Anonymous's picture

what are you all talking about? This is simply about industrial theft. All that the prosecution has to demonstrate is that he stole and intended to steal Goldman property. It doesn't really matter what it was used for, that just makes good press.

Even if he had something to say, I doubt that he will get the chance cause he will be asked about stealing someone elses IP not what the IP was used for or how it worked.

Don't hold your breath for fireworks, this promises to be did he or didn't he do it.

Unscarred's picture

Paul Solman on PBS NEWSHOUR tonight examines whether Goldman is actually a hedge fund. Solman looks at the issue and practice of front-running and risk management at the investment bank.

Is Goldman just a Big Hedge Fund?

After arriving fashionably late, who else will join the party?