Former HP chairman Patricia Dunn has been charged by state enforcement agencies on four counts for her role in the HP spying scandal.
Dunn has been charged with fraudulent wire communication, improper use of computer data, identity theft and conspiracy to commit these crimes.
HP’s former senior lawyer, Kevin Hunsake,r has also been charged, along with three outside private investigators who worked on behalf of HP in its attempts to plug media leaks from the boardroom.
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Both Dunn and Hunsaker resigned from HP last week, ahead of the charge sheets being issued this week.
Dunn faced the Santa Clara County Superior Court and was released pending a further appearance on 17 November.
The others face the same charges. HP has been rocked by the spying scandal, which saw directors, employees and journalists having their records accessed from phone companies without their permission.
One HP director resigned after admitting to having leaked information to the media and another has gone after protesting about the investigation.
Dunn denied “supervising” the investigation when appearing at a recent US congressional hearing on the matter.