The first federal charges have been filed by prosecutors in San Jose in the Hewlett-Packard spy scandal against a private eye alleged to have fraudulently obtained phone records of HP directors, employees and members of the press.
According to the Mercury News, Bryan Wagner has been charged with two counts of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, including violations of wire fraud and unauthorised computer access to information. Wagner, the complaint says, conspired with "others known and unknown."
The report adds that the federal charges against Wagner – a self-confessed "little guy" in the alleged spy plot – suggest prosecutors are positioning him to plea-bargain and then co-operate with the ongoing investigation.
Wagner, along with four others – including former HP chairman Patricia Dunn and former HP ethics director Kevin Hunsaker – have already been charged with conspiracy by local California prosecutors.