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      Four charged in scheme to steal business from Frankfort fiber optics company

      Three former employees of a central New York fiber optic products manufacturer and a fourth man have been convicted in a scheme to steal business from the company.

      Prosecutors had said the three ex-employees of Frankfort-based Fiberdyne Labs used their insider knowledge while working for the Herkimer County company to divert business to a fictitious company.

      Local media outlets reports a judge found two of the former employees guilty of misdemeanor scheming to defraud under the terms of a deal Tuesday that avoided a trial. They were each fined $2,000.

      Another pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal trespassing and was ordered to pay $405 to the state for unlawfully receiving unemployment benefits.

      The fourth man was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to misdemeanor attempted second-degree criminal impersonation for posing as a representative of the fake company.

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