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HP Leaders Booked On Felony Charges, Maintain Innocence

Patricia Dunn, Hewlett-Packard's former board chairperson and Kevin Hunsaker, former HP lawyer and ethics chief, voluntarily surrendered to authorities Thursday and were released pending arraignments.

The two were the first of five people to be booked in Santa Clara County Superior Court on felony charges stemming from HP's internal probe into boardroom leaks to the media. Prosecutors released Dunn on her own recognizance and scheduled her arraignment for Nov. 17.

The terms of Hunsaker's release were not immediately clear. His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 6.

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Dunn, Hunsaker, and three investigators under contract broke several laws while obtaining detailed phone records that yielded information on 590 land, cell and fax lines. They each face charges for allegedly engaging in fraudulent wire communications, wrongful use of computer data, identity theft, and conspiracy to commit those three crimes.

Hunsaker and Dunn maintain their innocence.

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