Hewlett Packard defendant to appear in Federal
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
January 12, 2007
SAN JOSE (BCN) - One of the defendants in the Hewlett
Packard spying case who is already facing possible state prison
time is scheduled to appear in federal court today after being
charged with federal crimes in connection with the scandal.
Bryan Wagner, 29, is scheduled to appear before U.S. District
Court Judge Jeremy Fogel in San Jose after being charged on Wednesday
with conspiracy, wire fraud and identity theft, according to U.S.
Attorney's Office spokesman Luke Macaulay.
Wagner is one of the private investigators who allegedly used
pretexting to obtain the phone records of a number of journalists,
HP board members and employees last year in an investigation initiated
by former HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn to find the source of information
leaking to the media.
Wagner is already facing state charges along with Dunn, and fellow
private investigators Ronald Delia, 56 and Matthew Depante, 27.
If Wagner is convicted of the federal charges he faces a possible
sentence of five years in federal prison in addition to any state
time he might have to serve if convicted of those charges.
In October his attorney Stephen Naratil described Wagner as being
unaware that he was working for HP when he allegedly obtained
the phone records.
"He's just a guy doing his job. Bryan was involved in this
practice for a number of years with very reputable companies,''
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