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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 sought felony indictments Wednesday against former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and four others involved in the corporate spying scandal at the computer and printer giant.
Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed criminal complaints in Santa Clara County Superior Court naming Dunn, ousted HP chief ethics officer Kevin Hunsaker, Ronald DeLia, a Boston-area private investigator, and outside investigators Joseph DePante of Melbourne, Florida and Bryan Wagner of Littleton, Colorado.
They each 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.
HP chief executive Mark Hurd is not among those charged, nor was HP's former General Counsel Ann Baskins, who had some oversight of the company's investigation of media leaks.