Criminal Charges Loom For HP Over Board Leak Probe

Law360, New York (September 8, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Widening problems for Hewlett-Packard Co.’s embattled boardroom, the Attorney General for California has said the computer giant may soon face criminal charges over the way it tapped phone records to plug a media leak.

A spokesperson for California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said that although his office hasn’t made a final decision, it believes a crime was committed and prosecution is likely.

The tough talk stems from HP’s admission that an investigation firm it hired to find a leak in the company’s boardroom employed questionable tactics...
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