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Park Rapids surveyor arraigned in trade secrets case

A Park Rapids surveyor was arraigned Monday on two felony counts of theft of computer secrets from his former employer.

Tom Miller, 64, is free on his own recognizance until the case against him can be sorted out.

He's accused of downloading a database of proprietary trade information from his former employer Arro of Park Rapids, LLC, and taking it with him when he began work at Lindow Surveying & Mapping, LLC, where he works as a consultant.

His attorney, Aaron Morrison, said he would be filing for a protective order to prevent sensitive company information from being included in the open court records. The materials, if filed with various motions, would be sealed.

Attorneys for Miller and Lindow contend no proprietary information was taken and that Arro officials are blowing the alleged theft out of proportion to stifle competition.

Attorneys also contend because surveyors are legally liable for 10 years after a survey is completed, Miller only took materials he may need in court later on surveys he conducted for Arro.

Miller also waived his right to an omnibus hearing within 28 days. That hearing is set for Dec. 6.

Judge John Melbye ordered Miller to have no contact with his former employer and not to use any of the allegedly purloined information.