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Niksun CEO Arrested
When police came to arrest Parag Pruthi on Friday,
30, a camera crew was parked in front of Pruthi’s Cornwall Road office
to do an interview about how his company had just made the top 100
list at Computerworld magazine. Instead, the crew filmed Pruthi’s
arrest. The president and CEO of Niksun Inc. was charged with
criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint, and lewdness. He is free
on $50,000 bail.
Detective James Ryan of the South Brunswick Police Department is
the complaint from a 32-year-old female employee. Because Pruthi held
supervisory capacity over the alleged victim, the first charge was
aggravated criminal sexual contact, a third degree crime that carries
a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The second charge, criminal
restraint, is also a third degree crime, punishable by up to five
years. "The victim said she was restrained and that he made
contact with various parts of her body," says Ryan.
Other employees have been interviewed and several of Pruthi’s
were electronically monitored before the arrest was made. "We
realized the severity of the charge and the potential effect it could
have on the company, and we took extra precautions to establish
cause," says Detective Ryan. "We are trying to work with the
company to maintain its normal operation while the investigation goes
on and are hopeful that they will cooperate with the
"I credit this woman’s courage in coming forward; criminal sexual
contact is an underreported crime nationwide," says Ryan. "She
questioned whether anyone would follow through on her concerns and
complaints. You have to think — what would push a victim to go
to a strange agency and discuss intimate details of such a traumatic
event and trust that she would get justice."
John Sullivan of the Sterling Hager public relations firm says that
Niksun Inc. has "complete confidence in the legal system"
and that it would be premature to comment at this time. Efforts to
contact Pruthi’s attorney, Joseph Benedict of Benedict and Arnold
on Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, were not successful.
Pruthi grew up in New Delhi and Old Bridge; he went to Stevens
Class of 1987, and has a master’s in computer science. He earned a
PhD in telecommunications from the Royal Institute of Technology in
Sweden. He was a frame relay expert at Bellcore and then started a
consulting firm, Qmetrix. Along with a couple of senior engineers,
he founded Niksun Inc. in 1997, naming the firm after his two sons
(U.S. 1, April 26, 2000).
Pruthi’s novel approach to networking is often described as
With such clients as Morgan Stanley, Daimler Chrysler, and AT&T, his
firm offers non-intrusive network monitoring — monitoring that
can be used when tight security is needed, or merely when performance
levels need to be checked.
Located in a box that looks like a router, the products unobtrusively
gather information from the network and can work in a multi-vendor
environment. Among Niksun’s products is NetVCR, which does what a
VCR does in the home — record and play back later. Another
Net Detector, is a next-generation non-intrusive Internet monitoring
and response program. Each of the products costs from $15,000 to
and the consulting services that go with them range from $100,000
to $1 million. Pennsylvania Power & Light and Roseland-based Hamilton
Scientific are among the buyers for these products.
Founded in 1997, Niksun doubled its headcount in New Jersey in less
than one year and now has more 100 employees in two offices, one on
Cornwall Road and the other on North Center Drive. It also has 80
employees at sites in Santa Jose, California, and Gurgaon, India.
The company recently received $27 million in second round financing,
led by California-based Redwood Ventures, and had talked of going
public. Pruthi predicted revenues of $20 million this year.
Three or four months may elapse before Pruthi’s case is presented
to a grand jury, says Detective Ryan. Asked whether this case could
be settled out of court, Ryan would only say that the potential always
exists: "Police cannot control all the variables that occur, in
any particular case, between an arrest and a trial."
— Barbara Fox
08902. Parag Pruthi, president and CEO. 732-821-5000; fax,
Home page: www.niksun.com
08691. Terry A. Horner, president. 609-259-9222; fax, 609-259-0957.
Home page: www.tah.com
TAH Industries doubled its space with a move to 87,000 square feet,
a new Matrix Development facility on Applegate Drive. Employing about
100 people, this 25-year-old family-owned firm is the leading
in the United States for motionless mixers and cartridge systems used
in a wide variety of industries — automotive, pharmaceutical,
food, waste water treatment, and dentistry, to name a few.
Terry Horner is president, and his wife Anne Marie is the vice
With the move, they consolidated operations from three buildings at
107 North Gold Drive and opened a lab for product and adhesive
The company also has a division in Rushden, Northhamptonshire, Great
For motionless or "static" mixers, two components are pushed
through a nozzle. Dentists use them for dental materials; Breyer’s
and TCBY use them to mix ice creams and yogurts; and road construction
crews use them to make stripes on the road. Robots can also use these
cartridge-style dispensing guns.
Box 5241, Princeton 08543-5241. Edward J. Noonan, president, CEO.
609-243-4200; fax, 609-243-4257. Home page: www.amre.com
The reinsurance company has signed a lease for 40,000 square feet
at 150 College Road West, in the Patrinely Group’s building.
Road, Windsor Corporate Park, Suite 110, East Windsor 08520.
fax, 609-918-9411. Home page: www.medicalcrossfire.com
This 11-person medical education company moved from Freehold to East
Windsor. It offers debates, dinner meetings, teleconferences, audio
and video programming. The company’s Medical Crossfire journal
has a circulation of about 91,000 primary care physicians.
105, Princeton Junction 08540. Rob Holmes, director of professional
and administrative services. 609-720-1200; fax, 609-720-0620. Home
Formerly known as the Luggage and Leather Goods Manufacturers of
the Travel Goods Association had been located in the heart of the
garment district, in the Empire State Building. Citing the new focus
on an expanded membership (any products relating to the travel
and the "spiraling cost of operating in New York," it moved
to Vaughn Drive. On its web page, the trade group carefully notes
how the proximity of its office to the Princeton Junction train
08628. Dave Greso, station supervisor. 888-999-3273; fax,
Home page: www.shuttleamerica.com
Scott L. Durgin is the president of the reorganized Shuttle America.
He replaces CEO David Hackett and Barry Lutin, the president, and
they are among the main investors in the financially troubled
airline. private equity group, Wexford Capital of Greenwich,
has received permission from bankruptcy court to buy the airline on
Friday, December 7.
"It’s a chance to run the whole show," Durgin was quoted as
saying. He is a former vice president of customer service with Mesaba
Aviation in Minneapolis. Shuttle America’s three planes fly under
the name of U.S. Airways now. Shuttle America has $23.2 million in
accumulated debt. It is the 10th airline to fly out of Mercer County
Airport; it currently has flights to Philadelphia and to Hanscomb
Field, near Boston.
Building 4, Suite 201, Lawrenceville 08648. Kris Subramaniam,
609-912-0004; fax, 609-912-0307. Home page:
Frontline Technologies has made an alliance with Enterprise Technology
Solutions in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Frontline will provide a planning
service called Joint Application Development that identifies potential
problem areas early in the software development process.
With 40 employees, Frontline installed a mission critical E-service
system for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, a 400-person agency
funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (www.pcaphl.org). It
has such clients as Rohm & Haas, Comcast Cable, FMC, and Toys ‘R Us.
Frontline is five years old and ETS was founded more than 20 years
08873. 732-748-1200; fax, 732-748-9363. Home page:
In November the staffing company consolidated and moved its office
from 3120 Princeton Pike to Somerset. In addition to office support,
it works with scientific, technical, IT and executive placements.
Besides the headquarters in Parsippany, there is a second branch in
08543-1403. Reba Orszag, president. 609-683-1515; fax, 609-897-9745.
Cambridge Hydrodynamics has moved from Princeton Meadows Office Center
at 666 Plainsboro Road and is no longer located in Plainsboro, but
a company spokesperson says mail can be sent to the post office box
and declined further comment. The company’s projects have included
simulation of combustion of liquid fuel rockets and advanced
Plaza, Monmouth Junction 08852. Pascal Yvon, president. 732-329-1153;
fax, 732-329-1192. Www.chemunex.com
The sales office of Chemunex Inc. has closed, and calls about its
chemical and reagent products are being taken by K&R Technologies,
at 97H Monocacy Boulevard, Frederick, Maryland 21701 (800-396-4275).
Chemunex has rapid and ultra-sensitive alternative methods for
in the pharmaceutical, biotech, food and cosmetic industries.
This office used to be known as Micromation. Arrangements between
Chemunex and K&R are being negotiated.
manager for Crest Ultrasonics on Scotch Road.
Radiology and with his wife had owned the Jan-Ray Deli on Route 206.
broker and agent for the Gandelman Agency on Whitehead Road.
Besam Automated Entrance Systems on Twin Rivers Drive.
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