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California attorney general to charge HP insiders in spy probe

California attorney general to charge HP insiders in spy probe

California's attorney general will file criminal indictments Wednesday against former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and four others involved in the corporate spying scandal, according to news reports.
Citing people familiar with the case, The New York Times and BusinessWeek reported that Kevin Hunsaker, HP's ousted chief ethics officer, and Ronald DeLia, a Boston-area private investigator, would each face criminal charges. Two other outside investigators _ Joseph DePante of Melbourne, Florida, and Bryan Wagner of Littleton, Colorado _ were also being charged, the Times said.
They each will face four felony charges: use of false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility; unauthorized access to computer data; identity theft; and conspiracy to commit each of those crimes.
The boardroom drama erupted last month when HP disclosed that detectives it hired to root out the culprits in a series of boardroom leaks secretly obtained detailed phone logs of directors, employees and journalists. The detectives used a potentially criminal form of subterfuge known as pretexting to masquerade as their targets and trick telephone companies into turning over the records.
Dunn _ who initiated the investigation _ said she did not know until after the fact that the detectives went to such extremes to unearth clues about the leaker's identity. She resigned from HP's board after initially saying she would step down as chair but remain a director.
Lawyers for Dunn and the others expected to be charged did not immediately return calls seeking comment. HP declined comment, as did a spokesman for California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.


Updated : 2021-06-18 05:18 GMT+08:00