Former HP chairwoman might face jail time

— 11:28 AM on October 9, 2006

Patricia Dunn, HP's former chairwoman, has been indicted on multiple felony charges by the California State Attorney General's office. The charges include fraudulent wire communications, wrongful use of a computer, identity theft, and conspiracy. Dunn is accused of having ordered a security company to illegally spy on HP board members, journalists, and relatives in order to unmask the source of a leak. Along with Dunn, former HP lawyer Kevin Hunsaker as well as three people hired by HP as part of the operation are facing the same charges. According to eWeek, each felony charge carries a maximum prison sentence of up to three years and fines of up to $10,000. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer is arranging for Dunn and Hunsaker to surrender voluntarily and for the other three to return to California to stand trial.

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