Williams Guilty of Coke Trade Secrets Theft

05 February 2007

ATLANTA: Joya Williams, former secretary to Coca-Cola global brand director Javier Sanchez Lamelas, was judged guilty on Friday on charges of conspiring to steal trade secrets from the beverages behemoth.

Although she denied allegations she had stolen company secrets in an attempt to sell them to rival PepsiCo, Williams now faces a jail term of up to ten years.

The jury's verdict was close, its foreperson telling Judge J Owen Forrester on Thursday: "We are a hung jury, have taken several polls and we feel we are unable to reach a decision,"

Forrester, however, was not prepared to declare a mistrial and ordered the jury to again retire, consider their verdict and report back to him Friday.

A date for Williams' sentencing has yet to be announced.

Data sourced from Financial Times; additional content by WARC staff