A former programmer for New York-based Goldman Sachs has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for stealing secret computer code that enables high-speed trading. Sergey Aleynikov (SUR'-gay uh-LAY'-nih-kawf) of North Caldwell, N.J., was sentenced Friday in federal court in Manhattan. He was convicted in December. Judge Denise Cote (KOHT') says she was not lenient in her sentence of eight years and one month in part because Aleynikov never fully admitted his guilt and accepted responsibility. He also was fined $12,500. Prosecutors say Aleynikov left Goldman Sachs in 2008 and took trade secrets with him to help his new company gain an advantage with high-speed trading. Aleynikov is a naturalized U.S. citizen who came to the U.S. from Russia in 1990. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9M1S5A80.htm A programmer gets 8 years in prison and banksters get ZERO years in prison. Welcome in the Untited States of Banana Republic. One more reason to move all business units out of the USA and never do business again with US banks and brokers.