Ex-HP chairman pleads not guilty

Patricia Dunn,
the former chairman of computer giant
Hewlett-Packard has pled not guilty to charges
of spying on reporters and directors, following her appearance in court in San
Jose, California.

to reports
, Dunn is accused of using investigators to impersonate company
board members, employees and journalists to get private telephone records.

She resigned in September and appeared before Congress the same month to
testify about the investigation.

While she said she regretted the way the probe was handled, she would not
accept any personal responsibility for the investigation.

Dunn – along with HP ethics officer Kevin Hunsaker and investigators Bryan
Wagner, Ronald Delia and Matthew DePante of information supplier Action Research
Group – face four felony charges: conspiracy; fraudulent use of wire, radio or
television transmissions; taking, copying and using computer data; and using
personal identifying information without authorization.

Each count could bring a maximum of three years in prison.

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