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Texas D.A. Won't Prosecute Alleged Braindumper

Judge orders assets returned; Microsoft considering civil charges.

The longest-standing criminal investigation of an alleged braindumper has come to an end without any charges being filed.

Almost two years ago, San Antonio police seized the business and personal assets of former TestKiller.com and TroyTec.com owner Garry Neale during a criminal investigation of a complaint made by Microsoft alleging that he sold Microsoft certification exam questions, in violation of Texas theft of trade secret statutes.

Now, Neale's assets -- including $408,566.84 from various bank accounts along with business assets and personal items such as a truck, collectibles, children's video games and a refrigerator -- have all been returned to him by court order. The Bexar County District Attorney's Office has also publicly declared that it no longer intends to criminally prosecute Neale.

Neale, who was never charged with any crime, declined CertCities.com's requests for an interview. One of his defense attorneys, John Convery, told CertCities.com that he's "very happy" for his client. Convery confirmed to CertCities.com that all of Neale's belongings were returned to him last month.

According to the parties in the case, a plea deal was almost reached early last year that would have led to Neale to plead to a misdemeanor and forfeit half their assets. However, this plea deal fell through, in part because of a disagreement between the D.A.'s office and Microsoft over who would receive the seized assets.

Story continued on CertCities.com here.

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Becky Nagel is the executive editor of the 1105 Redmond Media Group's Web sites, including Redmondmag.com, RCPmag.com, RedDevNews.com and VisualStudioMagazine.com, among others.

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Mar 13, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Now, now boys and girls. Let's not get defensive and angry, otherwise we'll miss the real experience.

The examinations only give you one thing, and we all know what it is. It's the ability to theorize.

When you actually get right down to writing software, the only thing that's going to help you is determination and creativity. You also need the documentation, obviously.

Wed, Aug 11, 2004 David SF

The negative comments about Indians are just a bunch of racist crap, how can you blame them for the bunch of STUPID CEO's who all happen to be white that decide to send American jobs overseas. I for one hope the day never comes when most of the IT jobs in America are had by foreigners. How the hell would that be good for anyone? Are Americans all supposed to go work at Walmart?

Sun, Jun 20, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

wolf359

IS a typical white trailer trash type

Thu, Jun 10, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

Wolf359 is a low life red neck, they are less then 1% of the population. Don't give any creadance to his comments.

Tue, May 11, 2004 Rico Los Angeles, USA

El problema es el método de prueba. Necesidad de Microsft de cambiar el método de prueba. Los exámenes son demasiado fáciles. Haga los exámenes más difíciles. Incluya más preguntas. Cambie las preguntas regularmente.

Tue, May 11, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

Stop these negative comments about people in India from being posted. Many people from all over the world use this website and not just North Americans. Many people all over the world sit exams and not just those living in the US. Its not the Indians fault that major companies are going offshore for helpdesk support and you can't label people or call people exam cheats just because they don't reside in the US. A time will come very soon when most certified people in IT actually live outside of the US, so if websites like this one want to progress then comments like the one posted above should be removed.

Sat, May 1, 2004 wolf359 Anonymous

WTH MS Lets Indians cheat on the MS tests... and then hires them for phone support. If they can cheat why can't we?

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