05 October 2006

HP investigator destroyed his computer with a hammer

According to the Mercury News, Bryan Wagner, one of the investigators involved in Hewlett-Packard's pretexting scandal told investigators he used a hammer to destroy the computer he used for his research. Wagner worked for Action Research based out of Melbourne, Florida. Action Research's site appears to be down, but it's on the Internet Archive. Action Research describes itself as "America’s #1 Information provider" and continues:

ALL OF OUR INFORMATION IS 100% CURRENT AS OF TODAY!
NO DATABASES OR MONTH OLD INFORMATION HERE!
Any guesses how they get that "100% current as of today" information? The "no databases" claim strongly suggests they get the data live from the source.

Two of the services they provide are "landline and cellular phone breaks" and "telephone research."

According to the archive of their site, Action Research's Florida (investigative) license is
"A 9300021." The Florida Division of Licensing search page gives the the owner and contact information for the company. Action Research has two addresses, one in West Melbourne, FL, and the other in Melbourne. Joseph DePante is listed as the president of the company, and the company website lists his son Matthew as an employee.

While Access Research's site is down, Process Server Canada's page for Action Research is up and, among other things, gives the AOL email address for Action Research. DePante's address is on this page.

updated 5 Oct 06, originally posted 29 Sep 06 4:13pm

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