that Pretexting will become a criminal offense

that Verizon had filed lawsuits against data brokers who used pretexting to obtain the phone records of thousands of its customers.

The House passed the bill, and it moved to the Senate in April of that year where it languished until the HP story broke that September. Pretexting will become a criminal offense in California when a new law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger takes effect Jan. 1. Violators will be punished by $2,500 in fines and up to a year in jail, though the law will not retroactively apply to the HP investigation.

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On September 22, 2006 Dunn was force to resigned. On September 28, 2006, Ann Baskins, HP’s general counsel resigned hours before she had to become a withness for the case.