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The Telegram
  • Jury selection begins in Fiberdyne conspiracy trial

  • Jury selection will continue Tuesday in the trial of four men accused of conspiring to steal business from Fiberdyne Labs in Frankfort to benefit another company.

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  • Jury selection will continue Tuesday in the trial of four men accused of conspiring to steal business from Fiberdyne Labs in Frankfort to benefit another company.
    The selection process began Monday morning in front of Herkimer County Court Judge John Brennan, but not all 12 jurors and alternates were picked. Opening statements will then likely begin Tuesday as well.
    Three former employees of the fiber optic company – Daniel and Michael Caiola and Matthew Paoni – and another business owner, Ronald Scalise, are on trial this week for a number of charges, including second-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree conspiracy and first-degree scheme to defraud.
    Attorney Donald Gerace was assigned as special prosecutor to handle the case after the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office recused itself to avoid any conflict of interest.
    All four men are accused of using internal knowledge of Fiberdyne’s policies, customer contacts and its own technicians to fraudulently grow their own competing business, Trans World.
    The defense, however, is arguing that the information allegedly stolen by the defendants is already available to the public, and not confidential like the prosecutor argues.
    The defense also believes it will be difficult to prove that Fiberdyne was deprived of any business because the dynamics of contracts and profits are typically unpredictable.
    Paoni is represented by attorney Mark Wolber, Michael Caiola by Michael Arcuri, Daniel Caiola by Kurt Schultz and Scalise by John Maya.
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