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Ex-H-P Chairwoman to Appear in Court

Patricia Dunn faces felony charges at her Thursday afternoon court date.



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Chairwoman Patricia Dunn is expected to appear in California state court Thursday afternoon to face felony charges of identity theft and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to the California attorney general's office.

Dunn, along with four other individuals, was

indicted on a total of four felony charges by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer Wednesday in the latest fallout arising from a controversial company-sponsored spying program.

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Dunn initiated an internal investigation within H-P to discover the source of media leaks. Private investigators working for H-P accessed the personal phone records of board members, employees and journalists by impersonating them, a shady practice known as "pretexting."

Dunn, along with H-P's top lawyer, resigned amid the scandal last week.

Now Dunn will voluntarily turn herself in, at a Silicon Valley courthouse miles away from H-P's corporate headquarters.

According to Lockyer spokesman Tom Dresslar, Dunn will appear at Santa Clara County Superior Court at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon to set her arraignment date.

Lawyers for three of the other defendants have told the attorney general that their clients will surrender voluntarily. Only Mathew Depante, a Florida-based private investigator, has yet to contact California authorities.

Shares of H-P slipped 1.3%, or 50 cents, at $37.52 in midday trade.