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EACH FACES POSSIBLE ONE YEAR IN PRISON AND $100,000 FINE IF CONVICTED

by Debra Mullins

The U.S. Department of Education was founded in 1979 by Public Law 96-88

(May 13, 2010) — On Wednesday, May 12, 2010, nine former contract workers from the U.S Department of Education were indicted on charges they “intentionally exceeded authorized access to a computer” by accessing Mr. Obama’s student loan records without authorization between July 26, 2007 and March 13, 2009. The indictments were handed down by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa in Davenport. According to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, the indictments were initiated after investigations were conducted by the Department of Education and the Inspector General.

The contract workers were employed by Vangent Inc., a provider of outsourcing services to private companies and various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid. Vangent Inc. is headquartered in Arlington, VA, and it maintains a regional office in Coralville, IA.

The names of indicted on one or more counts of unauthorized access of Mr. Obama’s student loan records:

Mercedes Costoyas, 53, one count on or about March 13, 2009;

Gary N. Grenell, 58, one count on or about September 25, 2008;

Julie L. Kline, 38, one count on or about December 24, 2008;

Andrew J. Lage, 54, one count on or about July 26, 2007;

John P. Phommivong, 29, one count or about September 9, 2008;

Anna C. Rhodes, 32, two counts on or about September 9, and September 11, 2008;

Patrick E. Roan, 51, one count on or about December 21, 2007;

Sandra Teague, 54, one count on or about August 27, 2008; and

Lisa Torney, 49, one count on or about November 1, 2008

Andrew Lage informed the Associated Press on Wednesday evening that he did not know about the indictment and he declined comment.

Sandra Teague told a television reporter for a Cedar Rapids television station, KRCG, “I don’t know what the others did, but I know that I did not do it.”

According to Justin Foss, reporting for Eastern Iowa News Now, “Teague said she worked for Vangent for 10 years before she was dismissed ‘with cause’ in she recalls, August 2008 and walked from the building by company officials. ‘The company never told me the reason I was dismissed,’ said Teague, who is enrolled in classes at the University of Iowa.”

According to a May 13, 2010 update from Eastern Iowa News Now, a statement was obtained from Vangent Inc. Eileen Cassidy Rivera, vice president of communications and investor relations, said: “An investigation identified a number of Vangent employees, among others, who inappropriately accessed student loan records. The Vangent employees violated Vangent’s security policies and were promptly terminated from the company in June 2009. Vangent was not the subject of the investigation.” In a follow-up email Riveria stated: “Vangent officials do not believe the violation of company security policies was politically motivated.”

Of the nine, six were registered voters, all whom voted in the 2008 General Election. Four are registered Democrats, and the other two are registered Republicans.

All nine are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court on May 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM. If convicted, each faces up to one year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.

UPDATE, May 25, 2010: Eight of the nine persons indicted for accessing Mr. Obama’s student loan records without permission appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa on May 24, 2010. All eight plead “not guilty.” The ninth person, Gary Grenell, is traveling outside the country, and his attorney entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 14, 2010 and the trial will commence on July 8, 2010. David Treimer, attorney for one of the defendants, stated the charges are focused on the security breach rather than the manner in which  the information may have been used or disseminated. All of the accused worked for Vangent Inc., a provider of outsourcing services to various federal agencies.

The indictments were handed down by a grand jury earlier this month at the bequest of U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, an Obama appointee in 2009. The Honorable Judge E. Gritzner, a President George W. Bush appointee in 2001, is presiding.

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  1. There is no consperacy, they are not fall guys for anything. They got bored at work one day and decided it might be fun to see if the prez has any student loans and they got busted end of story. How do I know this? Im right smack in the middle of it all and thier stupidity effected my life.

    1. Debra Mullins didn’t suggest in her story that there was a conspiracy.

      “U.S. attorney spokesman Mike Bladel referred questions to online copies of the indictments”, per AP. “The full indictment, which would list the details of the charges, however, remains sealed. Only a redacted document is available…”, according to WND’s Zahn.

      Which is it? Completely viewable indictments? Or redacted indictments?
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      Mrs. Rondeau replies: The Post & Email is not vouching for the information contained in other news services’ stories. We would never suggest a conspiracy if there was no evidence to support the theory.

  2. I hope the info these folks uncovered about Obama is released in one form or another. But, I suspect the info will be sealed. The courts have been solid, albeit unwitting, accomplices of the Obama Team’s relentless efforts to prevent proper scrutiny of Obama’s past. And so it goes….

  3. According to Orly Taitz web site media may be showing some interest in
    AKA’s social security abnormalites. Would be very good if that avenue could be used to pry open selective service and passport abnormalities, and then blow the whole deal wide open.

  4. Probably a shot across the bow of the Manning trial, in case people get “crazy ideas” in their head and some fringe nut wants to find out why the president is hiding his dark past. How dare a voter question a ballot candidate. Why, that is simply not done in Obamaland.

  5. Wonder why anybody would want to look at his student aid records! Never heard that was illegal…they forget to teach us a lot of things in kindergarten. I thought it was illegal to conceal! The world is topsy turvy!

  6. FREE THE CORALVILLE 9-

    Their defense to their charges should be that they are immune from arrest and prosecution by an illegal Government as Obama is ineligible.

  7. I agree with the previous posters. It looks as though someone in Obama’s Dept. of Education is hard at work sanitizing Obama’s school records using other people’s logins. It seems as though the people being blamed haven’t a clue what’s going on.

  8. I’m wondering if any or all of the nine indicted are fall guys. Could someone had used their security codes and possibly even their work PCs, too, to go into the files and scrub Obummer’s records? Then, perhaps as part of a security audit or in preparation of one, the nine were fired. Or maybe they chose former employees, people whose employment had been just recently terminated, possibly even voluntarily, and manipulated the dates. I wonder these things because I find it odd that two of those indicted didn’t even know they were in legal trouble until contacted by the press for comment. Then I read that one of them didn’t know why her employment was terminated (not that people don’t lie about such things, of course, which she could be doing). And in the comments here I read that there were 11 others who did the same thing but weren’t fired over it. It smells fishy to me.

  9. Perhaps these were “faked entries” when employees were away from their
    desks to cover for the real culprit who was altering the data. Seems to me it would take someone with administrative credentials and passwords to do so.
    Just show a number of people acessing and then try to prove who did the
    alteration.

  10. So poor little Mercedes Costoya gets persecuted by Klinefeldt puppet…while Obama uses a fake social security number without consequence?

    Private investigator Neil Sankey, using Intelius, Lexis Nexis, Choice Point and other public records, found around 25 Social Security numbers connected with Barack Obama’s name.

    However, it may not be as many as 25, since Sankey also searched using closely related names such as: “Barak Obama,” “Batock Obama,” “Barok Obama,” and “Barrack Obama.” There may very well be some Kenyans living in America with the same last name and a similar first name. In any case, I will exclude these records for the purpose of this research and focus only on names spelled exactly like his name.

    Moreover, we can verify many of the Social Security numbers as valid since they’re connected to addresses at which we know Obama resided. Needless to say, there are also a slew of address and social security numbers connected to addresses in states that Obama has no known connection to.

    In Obama’s home state, Illinois, Sankey tracked down 16 different addresses for a Barack Obama or a Barack H. Obama, of which all are addresses he was known to have lived at. Two Social Security numbers appear for these addresses, one beginning with 042, and one starting 364.

    In California, where Obama attended Occidental College, there are six addresses listed for him, all within easy driving distance of the college. However, there are three Social Security numbers connected to these addresses, 537 and two others, each beginning with 999, which are not valid SSNs.

    There are no addresses listed in New York where he attended Columbia University, but there is one listed for him in nearby Jackson, NJ, with a Social Security number beginning with 485.

    In Massachusetts — where Obama attended Harvard Law School — we find three addresses, all using the 042 Social Security number. After Obama was elected to the United States Senate in 2005, he moved into an apartment at 300 Massachusetts Ave NW; the Social Security number attached to that address is the 042 one. Yet, three years later, Obama used a different Social Security number for an address listed as: 713 Hart Senate Office Building. This was the address of his United States Senate office. This Social Security number began with 282 and was verified by the government in 2008.

    This mystery grows even stranger as other addresses and Social Security numbers for Barack Obama appear in a dozen other states not known to be connected to him. Again, I am excluding those records names not spelled exactly like his name.

    Tennessee, one address with a Social Security number beginning with 427

    Colorado, one address, with a Social Security number beginning with 456.

    Utah, two addresses, with two Social Security numbers beginning with 901 and 799.

    Missouri has one address and one Social Security number beginning with 999.

    Florida has two addresses listed for his him, three if you count one listed as “Barry Obama.” One is connected to a Social Security number beginning with 762.

    In Georgia there are three addresses listed for him, all with different Social Security numbers: 579, 420, and 423.

    In Texas there are four different addresses listed for him, one is connected to Social Security number 675.

    There are two addresses listed for Barack Obama in Oregon and one address listed for him in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

    All told, there are 49 addresses and 16 different Social Security numbers listed for a person whose name is spelled “Barack Obama.” In some cases, the middle initial “H” is listed. If you were to expand the search to include closely related names such as: “Barac,” “Barak,” and “Barrack” Obama, you would find more than a dozen additional addresses and Social Security numbers.

    Finally, the one Social Security number Obama most frequently used, the one beginning with 042, is a number issued in Connecticut sometime during 1976-1977, yet there is no record of Obama ever living or working in Connecticut. Indeed, during this time period Obama would have been 15-16 years old and living in Hawaii at the time.

    Extracted from an article by Steve Baldwin. Read the whole thing here . . .

    Susan Daniels, a second investigator filed an affidavit, with true and correct copies here, in the Barnett v. Obama case. Susan Daniels is a private investigator, licensed by the State of Ohio.

    In her affidavit, Daniels states that she has located Barack Obama’s Social Security Number. She states it was issued between 1977 and 1979 in the State of Connecticut. She states that it is the only Social Security Number Barack Obama ever used.

    The number assigned to Barack Obama “appears to be associated with someone born in the year 1890.”
    http://www.theobamafile.com/_images/imgSocSecCmnt.jpg

  11. On September 25, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Nicholas A. Klinefeldt to be the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.

    Another coincidence? Or is Klinefeldt obliged to 0bama for his current position?

    Will there be any ‘evidence’ provided during trial to show what record data
    was observed by those charged? I’d like to see it, too.

  12. The usurper’s henchmen are going after about nine people who supposedly looked into a database of student loans to check obama’s information.

    Now we know why the justice dept is so inept at finding terrorists. They have all their manpower concentrating on finding people who are trying to find out who obama really is.

    Rumor has it that they didn’t bother mirandizing the snoopers, but rather they will just be taken before a military tribunal and shot at sun-up.

  13. When the US Attorney in Des Moines Iowa is prosecuting Mercedes Costoya, a low income Hispanic woman to put her in jail, a woman who was working as a clerk to support her family and will lose their $100,000 house she worked her entire adult life for…all for what?
    For peeking at Obama’s STUDENT LOAN? I cannot believe this, they are going to shred her along with others, to make an example of them!! Obama is viscous and cruel beyond all words! The Hispanic community among everyone should be OUTRAGED!

    Well Klinefeldt was selected by Obama himself:
    ” President Obama Nominates Richard Callahan, Michael Cotter, Nicholas Klinefeldt and Stephanie Rose to be U.S. Attorneys
    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Judge Richard Callahan, Michael Cotter, Nicholas Klinefeldt and Stephanie Rose to be U.S. Attorneys. “

  14. There must not have been any pertinent information in the file or it would have been “leaked”. The people obviously had a vested interest in getting the info. If they found something it would be out.

    I smell rotten fish …yet again.

    Shoot across the bow?????…for sure it was.

    What a tool.

  15. The harder this fraud in the White House tries to cover up his lies the worse it is going to get for Obamamow Se Tung. Even with all of the TV media giving this fraud a pass it is still not working. The lid is going to blow off this illegal communist usurper’s pass.

    The more people dig the deeper it is getting. Why would anyone be arrested for seeking simple questions. This is unconstitutional and so
    Ahdinamajhd like. What a bunch of total scum hanging out in the White House!! Time for O to go. Unseat this illegal alien now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Sandra Teague is quoted as saying that she didn’t do it.

    It really wouldn’t surprise me if none of these people are guilty. What this very will may be is a ‘shot across the bow’ by the usurper’s people.

    In other words, they’re trying to warn people away from the idea of finding his records. Trying to scare people. Showing us that there is something far more dangerous to our country than terrorists that law enforcement has to concentrate on. People who want to see obama’s records. That’s the real threat to them. Not terrorists.

  17. Helen Jones-Kelley is the name of the Ohio official (director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services) who ordered a search on government computers of Joe the Plumber after he embarrassed Obama. For her acts, as far as I remember, she was promoted – so why those people who glanced in Obama’s records (after all, a pretty legitimate act, since America knows NOTHING about Obama) face such a harsh punishment?
    After all, at that time Obama was a simple citizen, like Joe –

    Research Helen Jones Kelley, make public her name, deeds & career and ask for equal punishment for equal deeds –

    (ODJFS), Ohio’s largest agency,[1] from 2007-2008. During her tenure, she received substantial media attention for various ODJFS related activities,[2][3] and for her role in the Controversial Ohio database searches of Joe Wurzelbacher.[4]

    1. Actually, she resigned from her position as did two other coworkers that were involved.

      I don’t know what, if any, legal action was taken.

      1. […] Actually, she resigned from her position as did two other coworkers that were involved.
        I don’t know what, if any, legal action was taken. […]

        Update – just checked in Wikipedia: yes, there are legal actions developing against Helen Jones-Kelley, but they don’t come from the state but from private parties:
        (a) Judicial Watch –
        (b) Joe the Plumber –

        Details in Wiki under Helen Jones-Kelly entry –

      2. I’m not saying one way or the other about what you just posted, but for future reference, please know that Wikipedia is not a reliable source for information, particularly where liberal politics and politicians are concerned. Part of the job of the ACORN/Obummer administration Internet trolls is to keep a watch on Wikipedia, overwriting any factual updates with leftist propaganda.

  18. “Anna C. Rhodes, 32, two counts on or about September 9, and September 11, 2008;”

    Hmmm…This one did a double-take. Wonder what she saw that she felt she needed to lay eyes on twice….

  19. It wouldn’t surprise me if they dragged this trial out as long as possible to keep them in fear of potential imprisonment if they open their mouths.

  20. What would have happened if they had accessed my son’s records, and he is a natural born 13th Generation AMERICAN?!!?!? Absolutely nothing I’m sure?!!?!? Or my records as far as that goes! We have nothing to hide, and really wouldn’t care!

  21. This makes no sense. Why on this earth would 9 different people over the course of almost 2 years, four of whom are registered Democrats, access Obama’s records? Are there that many nosey people? Then one of them was told they knew she wasn’t in the building when computers indicate Obama’s loan records were accessed, so what is this? Is this a shot across the bow or what?