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March 29, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Nial Yusupov (DOB 12/06/92) of New Rochelle has been arraigned on one count each of the following charges:

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony
  • Computer Tampering in the First Degree, a class C felony
  • Unlawful Duplication of Computer Related Material in the First Degree, a class E felony

for copying and stealing digital data from his former employer, a New Rochelle-based chemical distribution company. Yusupov was arraigned March 28, 2018 in New Rochelle City Court and bail was set in the amount of $5,000. The Court also ordered him to surrender his passport.

The felony complaint alleges that while employed as a web developer and coder for the chemical distributor, Nial Yusupov had full access to the company’s computer servers with domain administrator privileges. Yusupov worked at the company from May 30, 2016, until he voluntarily resigned April 28, 2017. Between Jan. 1, 2017 and April 28, 2017, he used his administrator privileges to copy records relating to the operations of the business from a proprietary database, and used that data to create his own company called Solventsol.

According to the felony complaint, an internal audit conducted by the company after they discovered the theft valued the repair of their computer system, their proprietary database and related data at approximately $183,400.

More specifically, the defendant used the company computer system to: 1) set up and register “solventsol.com” in January 2017; 2) set up an off-site network/server to host  “solventsol.com” at 125 Van Guilder Avenue, New Rochelle; 3) manipulate the company’s firewall settings to establish an open connection between the company databases and Solventsol's databases; 4) write code in JavaScript to search and copy specific valuable information from the company’s database and then input that information into Solventsol's databases; and 5) delete traces of the code and software Yusupov used to do this. These actions damaged the integrity of the company computer system.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michael Delohery, Bureau Chief of the High Technology Crime Bureau. The company cooperated fully with law enforcement and referred the case to the New Rochelle Police Department. Sergeant Keven Perri was in charge of the investigation. Investigators in the District Attorney’s High Technology Crime Squad assisted in the investigation.

Nial Yusupov

Nial Yusupov

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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