First guilty plea entered in Hewlett Packard
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By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
January 12, 2007
SAN JOSE (BCN) - The first guilty plea in the Hewlett-Packard
spying case was obtained today in a San Jose federal courtroom
from the self-professed "little guy.''
Bryan Wagner pleaded guilty to felony charges of conspiracy and
identity theft in connection with the obtaining of phone records
and other personal information of Hewlett-Packard board members,
employees, journalists and their family members by the use of
Wagner, who is cooperating with federal prosecutors, faces a
mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence unless the government
recommends leniency because of his cooperation.
"The government may, but is not required to, make a motion
... for a more lenient sentence,'' U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy
Fogel told Wagner today.
According to federal prosecutor Mark Krotoski, on March 8, 2006
Wagner obtained the phone records of a Wall Street Journal reporter
by pretending to be that person and then transmitted those records
to other unnamed conspirators associated with Hewlett-Packard.
Krotoski requested that Wagner's sentencing be delayed until
June 20 because of Wagner's cooperating role in the ongoing investigation
and Fogel agreed. Wagner is one of five people indicted by a California
grand jury on state charges stemming from the HP spying scandal.
Among Wagner's state co-defendants are former HP attorney Kevin
Hunsaker and former HP board of directors Chairwoman Patricia
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office would not comment
on whether any of Wagner's state co-defendants are likely to be
charged with federal crimes.
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