Dunn facing jail

Former HP chairman charged over spy scandal

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By  Published  October 13, 2006

Former HP chairman Patricia Dunn is facing a potential 12-year jail sentence and US$75,000 fine after being charged with four felony counts by US prosecutors.

Dunn and four others involved in the botched investigation to root out the source of leaks to the media were charged on October 4 with identity theft, fraudulent wire communication, wrongful use of computer data and conspiracy to commit these crimes.

All four counts carry a maximum prison sentence of three years. The maximum fine for each of the three underlying felonies is US$10,000, as is a conviction for fraudulent wire communication, wrongful use of computer data. Conspiracy to commit identity theft can bring a maximum fine of US$25,000.

Others also facing charges include former HP senior lawyer Kevin Hunsaker, who along with Dunn resigned last month, and three private investigators hired by HP to investigate the leaks, including Ronald DeLia, managing director of Security Outsourcing Solutions, contracted by HP to conduct the probe.

Dunn gave herself up to police and made a brief court appearance on October 5 where she was formally charged. The case was arraigned for November 17 when she will enter her plea to the four charges against her. Hunsaker was also in court that day, his arraignment is on December 6.

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