First guilty plea of HP probe

15 January 2007 — Palo Alto (CA): Brian Wagner, one of the private investigators to be charged amid the Hewlett-Packard (HP) boardroom spying probe has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and aiding identity theft.

He is believed to have set up an online account using the Social Security number of a reporter to access the telephone records of that individual.

 

If convicted, Wagner could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy charge, as well as a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine, if convicted for identity theft.