Two employees arrested for stealing trade secrets
Boca Raton, FL – On May 13, 2009, Gregory Cohen, CEO of Halcyon Jets, Inc, reported to the Boca Raton Police Services Department that several employees had been stealing company items from their office at 2424 North Federal Highway. Cohen said that their Chief Operating Officer, Christian Matteis, and Leonard Tambasco, the Executive Flight Director, had stolen office furniture and equipment, client lists and client information, and tampered with computer files.
Detectives spoke with Cohen who said he became suspicious when Matteis stopped communicating with him on a regular basis. Cohen also received a phone call from another employee from the Boca Raton office who said Matteis and Tambasco were removing property from the office. Cohen flew to Boca Raton from New York and found the office had been emptied of desks, computers, file cabinets and files, and various other items.
As part of the investigation, Boca Raton detectives interviewed Halcyon employees, clients, and witnesses. They also reviewed contracts and other supporting documents. Based on their investigation, detectives charged Matteis and Tambasco with grand theft, theft of trade secrets, organized scheme to defraud, and computer tampering.
Detectives arrested Matteis and Tambasco at Atlantis Jets, 3700 Airport Road, on Thursday, August 20, 2009.
Christian Adam Matteis
4225 NW 24th Terrace
Boca Raton, FL
4212 Renaissance Way
Boynton Beach, FL