By Grant Gross
IDG News Service
July 10, 2009
A fourth person who has worked for the U.S. Department of State has
pleaded guilty to a charge connected to illegally accessing confidential
electronic passport records, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
William A. Celey, 27, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty Friday in U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of unauthorized
Since mid-December, three other State Department employees have been
sentenced to probation and community service or fines for illegally
snooping on passport application files.
Celey worked as a contract employee for the State Department as a file
assistant, from August 2003 to July 2004, the DOJ said. Celey had access
to State Department computer databases, including the Passport
Information Electronic Records System (PIERS), which contains all imaged
passport applications dating back to 1994.
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