9 indicted on charges of accessing Obama records


Grant Schulte
Des Moines Register
May 13, 2010

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Nine employees at an eastern Iowa education contractor accessed President Barack Obama’s student loan records in violation of federal law, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

A federal grand jury in Davenport indicted the workers for “exceeding authorized computer access” at their office in Coralville, prosecutors said in a statement. The company was identified only as a U.S. Department of Education contractor.

Prosecutors say the employees accessed Obama’s student loan records at various times between July 2007 and March 2009, before and after Obama was elected.

None have entered pleas. Arraignments are scheduled for May 24 in U.S. District Court in Davenport.

Prosecutors announced the charges shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, and offered few details about the case. U.S. Attorney spokesman Mike Bladel declined to identify the employer or say whether additional charges were pending. The indictments in federal court records did not offer further details.

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