After obtaining his degree, Reyes became an OEM sales representative for Convergent, then left to become Vice President of Sales and Support at Banyan Systems, a networking and data communications software firm.
Reyes obtained his first CEO position with Wireless Access, a Silicon Valley start-up company specializing in two-way pagers.
Reyes filed a motion for a new trial on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct, which was denied by the district court On January 16, 2008, Reyes was found guilty of 10 counts of fraud and conspiracy, including falsifying corporate accounting books and records, and participating in a stock options backdating scheme.
Reyes was sentenced to 21 months in prison in addition to a $15 million fine, making him the first executive to be convicted of the concealment of stock options backdating. Reyes was charged with 1 count of falsifying books and records, 4 counts of lying to auditors, 4 counts of security fraud, and 1 count of conspiracy.
When the defendant’s conduct came to light, he attempted to obstruct justice by offering to bribe a witness to make false statements to federal investigators.