A corporate spying scandal involving computer giant Hewlett Packard and a probe into boardroom leaks has led to the company’s former chairwoman and four others being charged with fraud and conspiracy. The company has been plagued by its internal problems for the past month but this is the first time things have moved to the court room. Patricia Dunn was forced out of her top job after she launched an investigation into the leaks, but the evidence gathered involved the illegal use of private phone records.
Dunn and her former colleagues have been described as “failing to advocate ethical standards within the company” after they sanctioned the use of private detectives and fake identities to check up on other employees. Despite the bad press the company’s shares remain largely unaffected.