HP Update: Felony Charges Leveled
Former HP Chair Patricia Dunn, ex-HP ethics chief Kevin Hunsaker and three private investigators have been charged with four felony counts each by the California Attorney General’s office. Dunn and Hunsaker were booked and released last Thursday. Charges include identity theft, unauthorized access to computer data, use of false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility and conspiracy to commit the above crimes. The defendants each face up to three years in jail and a $10,000 fine per charge.
It is believed that the detectives hired to uncover the source of a leak on the HP board earlier this year used a practice known as pretexting, obtaining personal information under false pretenses, to gather phone records. Pretexting is not currently a crime in California, but all of that will change on January 1st, when a new law criminalizing the practice goes into effect.
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