Clark County: Ex-engineer pleads guilty to trade-secrets conspiracy

March 5, 2014 

A former engineer for a brake manufacturer with a facility in Clark County has pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal trade secrets.

David Kent Lewis worked for Brake Parts International from 1998 to 2008. He was assigned to develop ceramic brake pads at the company’s research facility in Winchester, according to a court document.

Lewis gave proprietary details on the company’s brake-pad formulas and other information to Robert Kahan, an executive at Satisfied Brake Products, a competing company based in Canada, according to Lewis’ plea agreement.

Kahan paid Lewis for the information and later hired him after Brake Parts International fired him in January 2008, according to a court document. Kahan has not been charged criminally in Kentucky. Lewis faces up to 10 years in prison. He is to be sentenced in June.

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