Ex-HP head of ethics pleads not guilty


10 November 2006 — San Francisco (CA): HP’s former senior counsel and ethics director has pleaded not guilty to four charges of allegedly directing the firm’s boardroom spying probe.


Hunsaker, who refused to resign from the computer-maker and was fired following the scandal, is one of five people charged over HP’s internal investigation into boardroom leaks to the media.


The other defendants, which include former chairwoman Patricia Dunn and three private investigators, each face four felony counts: use of false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility; unauthorized access to computer data; identity theft; and conspiracy to commit each of those crimes.
Each charge carries a fine of up to $10,000 and three years in prison.