CLERMONT FERRAND, France (May 4, 2010)—Marwan Arbache, 34, a former employee of Michelin, has been convicted of attempting to pass Michelin secrets to Bridgestone.
Sentencing was delayed until June 21 by a court in Clermont Ferrand. He faces a jail sentence of up to 10 years.
Michelin's lawyers had not responded to requests for further information.
In 2007, Bridgestone was contacted by an unknown Michelin employee, using the name, Pablo de Santiago, offering to sell corporate secrets. The Japanese company cooperated with Michelin, and in July of that year, Arbache attended a meeting with a group of people he believed to be Bridgestone employees. In fact, they were working for Michelin, and they turned Arbache over to the authorities.