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Iowa City woman found guilty of accessing Obama's records

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DAVENPORT (KWWL) -- An Iowa City woman has been found guilty by a federal jury of illegally accessing President Barack Obama's student loan records.

Sandra Teague, also known as Sandra Teague-Garvis, 54, of Iowa City, was found guilty of exceeding authorized computer access.

Teague, a former Department of Education (DOE) contract employee, was charged with accessing the records in 2008 when President Obama was a candidate for the presidency.

Teague's activities came to light when the DOE began an investigation to determine if its employees, or those of its contractors, had inappropriately accessed the student loan information of certain celebrities or well-known political and sports figures.

A number of leads came back to Vangent Corporation in Coralville.

Vangent, a DOE contractor, assists with student loan inquiries via their call center and engages in debt collection. They use the National Student Loan Data System database to perform their work.

Nine former employees of Vangent, including Teague, were charged with exceeding authorized computer access for looking at President Obama's student loan information either while he was a candidate for the presidency, President-Elect or President of the United States.

Teague is the only one of the nine who has chosen to go to trial.  Seven of the nine have pleaded guilty or are scheduled to do so, while one other case remains set for trial.

Teague testified at trial, that someone stole her unique identifier and password to access President Obama's information.

The jury deliberated for just over an hour before finding her guilty.

 

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