Anthony Levandowski, Otto Co-Founder and CEO of Engineering at Uber.
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Anthony Levandowski, the ex-Uber engineer who is accused of stealing trade secrets from his time at Google, was in court Wednesday to set the final terms of his bail, which the judge held for $ 2 million.
Last week, the US Department of Justice filed a criminal charge against Levandowski for 33 charges of theft and attempted theft of business secrets, alleging he took confidential information from Google to Uber. On Wednesday, the US attorney argued to raise Levandowski's bail to $ 1
Ismail Ramsey, Levandowski's lawyer, told CNBC in a statement after the hearing, held in San Jose, California, that his client is not a flight risk. The $ 2 million bond includes $ 300,000 in cash Levandowski posted and $ 1.7 million of his family's property.
"For the government to sense Anthony a flight risk – after it stopped Anthony from joining the Marshals, just so that they could arrange a press conference a week later – is more magnificent and superior, just like this wild prosecutor, Ramsey wrote, during the hearing that Levandowski's net worth is $ 72 million.
Judge Nathanael Cousins of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California laid Levandowski's brother as a $ 2 million bond to give some Levandowski's brother agreed to pay up to $ 200,000 in the event Levandowski failed to appear for his trial.
Levandowski's case has been handed over to Judge William Alsup, the same judge who oversaw the original Uber v Waymo case, which preceded Levandowski's indictment, Levandowski previously worked on Google's self-driving car project, later known as Waymo, and left in 2016 to start their own self-driving truck company, which Uber bought.
The suit alleges that Levandowski downloaded thousands of files before leaving Google, including "critical engineering information about the hardware used on Project Chauffeur self-propelled vehicles." Levandowski allegedly transferred files to his personal laptop.
Waymo sued Uber in February 2017 for business theft, with Levandowski at the heart of the case. The parties settled in early 2018. Last week, Levandowski pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges. If convicted, he faces 10 years in prison in each count as well as fines.
Levandowski's first court appearance before Judge Alsup is set for September 24 at 2 p.m. local time.
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