We reported here the story of nine employees of a US Department of Education contractor, who were indicted in federal court in Iowa, for illegally accessing student loan records for Barack Obama. This minor story provided us with a glimpse at what would be in store for election workers in Hawaii, should it be found that they accessed federal databases to peek at Obama’s records.
Mercedes Costoyas, 53, of Iowa City, plead guilty in federal court yesterday (June 16, 2010). With her guilty plea, she could receive up to 6 months in jail and deportation. This was reported in the Quad City Times.
The other 8 defendants have a trial date in July.
Mercedes Costoyas plead guilty and received probation. She said she was “just curious” and didn’t know it was illegal.
Patrick E. Roan plead guilty and was sentenced to community service and a $25 court fee.
John P. Phommivong plead guilty and was sentenced to 1 year probation.
Andrew J. Lage, Anne C. Rhodes, Patrick E. Roan, Lisa Torney, and Julie L. Kline also plead guilty and received 1 year probation.
Sandra Teague (who by the way is black) was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 2 years probation (she faced a maximum of 1 year in jail and a $100,000 fine). She also was fired by the company, Vangent.
Information from the Quad City Times.