- The Washington Times - Monday, October 23, 2006

1:14 p.m.

ATLANTA (AP) - The two men accused of plotting with a secretary at Coca-Cola Co. to steal trade secrets from the beverage maker and trying to sell them to archrival PepsiCo Inc. each pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy.

Ibrahim Dimson and Edmund Duhaney entered their pleas in federal court as part of a deal with prosecutors. Details of the agreements were not immediately available, including their sentences.

Joya Williams, a former secretary at the Atlanta company, is still scheduled to stand trial starting the week of Nov. 13.

Ms. Williams, Dimson and Duhaney were indicted July 11 on federal conspiracy charges. The three were accused of stealing new product samples and confidential documents from Coca-Cola and trying to sell them to Pepsi, which is headquartered in Purchase, N.Y.

The purported crime was foiled after Pepsi warned Coca-Cola.

The prosecution says a box containing two undisclosed Coca-Cola product samples and other confidential company documents was found in Duhaney’s home during a search July 5, the day all three were arrested and the same day a $1.5 million transaction was to occur. Documents also were found in Ms. Williams’ home.

Coke has declined to reveal which product or products are linked to the samples.

Ms. Williams, who has since been fired as an administrative assistant for Coke’s global brand director at its Atlanta headquarters, took the information from the company and gave it to Dimson and Duhaney, prosecutors say.

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