Private Investigator sentenced to prison for role in pretexting scandal

By the Denver Private Investigator blog

Bryan Wagner, a Colorado private investigator who helped steal telephone records 6 years ago for an internal investigation into media leaks by Hewlett-Packard Co. board members, was sentenced on Dec. 13 to three months in prison for his role in pretexting.

U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Jensen sentenced Wagner, the last person linked to the scandal that prompted congressional hearings and two criminal investigations that reached the top of HP’s corporate ladder, as reported in the San Jose Mercury News. Wagner was a low-level investigator who pretended to be a journalist to illegally obtain telephone records, a practice known as pretexting.

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