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HP's Alleged Spy Mistress Pleads Not Guilty
Patricia Dunn, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges

HP's alleged spy mistress, ex-chairman Patricia Dunn, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges stemming from the company's pretexting misadventure that was touched off by press leaks from the HP boardroom. It was the day before HP disclosed the SEC had launched a formal investigation into its antics.

Dunn and her lawyer blame ex-HP board member Tom Perkins of VC Kleiner Perkins for waging the "well-financed and highly orchestrated disinformation campaign" that brought her to this pretty pass.

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer charged Dunn and four others even though pretexting is not specifically outlawed in California. The charges include conspiracy, fraudulent use of wire, radio or TV transmissions, identity theft and unauthorized access to computer data.

Lockyer, who was running for California treasurer when the charges were filed, has now won his election and will be replaced as attorney general by ex-California governor Jerry Brown.

HP's ex-ethic officer Kevin Hunsaker, one of the HP Five, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to four felony counts last week ahead of his original December 6 court date.

The three others charged were HP's hired investigators, who are also pleading not guilty. The charges carry a possible 12 years in jail.

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HP's alleged spy mistress, ex-chairman Patricia Dunn, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges stemming from the company's pretexting misadventure that was touched off by press leaks from the HP boardroom. It was the day before HP disclosed the SEC had launched a formal investigation into its antics. Dunn and her lawyer blame ex-HP board member Tom Perkins of VC Kleiner Perkins for waging the 'well-financed and highly orchestrated disinformation campaign' that brought her to this pretty pass.




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