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Woman Pleads Guilty to Accessing Student Loan Files

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 16, 2010

An Illinois woman says it was curiosity that led her to view the student loan files of hundreds of individuals while working within the Federal Student Aid Division of the Department of Education. Charlotte M. Robinson pleaded guilty in court this week to unauthorized computer access, according to a Department of Justice press release. She will be sentenced on February 22. Robinson admitted to repeatedly viewing the confidential student loan records of musicians, actors, family members, friends and others, even though she had no official reason to do so.
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