H-P case turns criminal

The Business Week report said Lockyer wasn't expected to seek any charges against H-P Chief Executive Mark Hurd.

By REX CRUM, MARKETWATCH
October 5, 2006 07:42
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MarketWatch: In-depth global business coverage California Attorney General Bill Lockyer is preparing to charge former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and four others involved in the company's boardroom-leak investigation with several felony crimes, according to media reports published Wednesday. Lockyer, who has said previously that his office has gathered enough evidence to charge individuals inside and outside H-P with crimes, plans to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. (Pacific time) Wednesday related to the investigation, according to a spokesman, who declined further comment. The attorney general is expected to unveil indictments against Dunn, former H-P senior counsel Kevin Hunsaker, private investigator Ron DeLia and two other third-party investigators that used Social Security numbers and other private information to obtain telephone records and personal data on H-P board members and employees, according to reports published on the Web sites of Business Week magazine and the New York Times, which each cited unnamed sources close to the case. The four felony charges in the indictments will include using false pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility, unauthorized access to computer data, identity theft, and conspiracy to commit those crimes, the New York Times report said. The Business Week report said Lockyer wasn't expected to seek any charges against H-P Chief Executive Mark Hurd. The charges stem from investigations that Dunn launched in 2005 and 2006 to find the source of confidential boardroom information that was appearing in news reports. The first investigation ended without any concrete findings, but the second probe, directed by Hunsaker, determined that former H-P board director George Keyworth was the source of the leaks. Keyworth quit the H-P board on September 12. Dunn resigned from the H-P board on September 22, and Hunsaker left the company last week, just before Congressional hearings were held on the H-P case. MarketWatch: In-depth global business coverage

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