SEC Asks HP For Documents Relating To Investigation

Law360, New York (September 22, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has jumped into the Hewlett Packard pretexting scandal, requesting documents from the company regarding the resignation of board member Thomas Perkins.

Pretexting, which involves investigators calling phone companies and using personal information to pretend to be someone else, thereby gaining access to that person’s phone records, is illegal under federal law with regards to financial records.

Perkins had argued that the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company broke the law when it probed directors' and journalists' private phone records. Threatening to expand...
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