man accused of hacking despite not hacking anything

I feel dirty linking to Wired these days, especially since the article isn’t very informative beyond this blurb:

…Nosal never was accused of traditional hacking. Among other things, what the jury concluded was that he coaxed, sometimes through monetary payments, his former colleagues at Los Angeles-based executive search firm Korn/Ferry International to access the firm’s proprietary database and provide him with trade secrets to help him build a competing firm. Those associates cooperated with the government and were not charged.

…Say what?