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Saturday, September 16, 2006

A private eye in Needham and a corporate scandal

NEEDHAM

Needham private investigator Ronald R. DeLia yesterday was asked to testify in Washington this month by congressional officials looking for explanations in the corporate-spying affair at Hewlett-Packard Co.

Congressional committee members want to hear from him in the context of the burgeoning investigation at the California computer maker, which on Sept. 6 confessed that ``some form of pretexting," or lying, had been used to get personal records of its board members and journalists.

The falsehoods came in the midst of a probe of leaks to the media by the firm's board, and touched off a furor that led chairwoman Patricia Dunn to say she would step down from the post this week. But Hewlett-Packard hasn't said much more about its conduct, drawing attention from regulators.

-- Ross Kerber

Read more in today's Business section.

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