Former California official in Oracle licence case

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has filed criminal charges against the former policy director of ex-California governor...

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has filed criminal charges against the former policy director of ex-California governor Gray Davis in connection with a 2001 database contract scandal.

The criminal complaint against Kari Dohn alleged that she modified her computerised schedule and internal progress reports. It is alleged changes were made after the state began its investigation into the agreement between Oracle and its state.

The audit found that in awarding the $95m contract to buy Oracle's Enterprise Edition 8i database software, the deal was more expensive than Oracle's standard licences.

The audit also determined that an Oracle lobbyist hand-delivered a $25,000 campaign contribution to Davis' campaign committee six days after the Oracle deal was signed, Lockyer said.

The director of California's Department of Information Technology, Elias Cortez, resigned in the wake of the controversy, and his department, which approved the deal, was disbanded.

Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service

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