A federal jury has found an Iowa woman guilty of exceeding authorized computer access to view President Barack Obama’s student-loan records in 2008 when he was a candidate for the presidency.
Sandra Teague's activities were exposed when the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General began investigating to find out whether its employees, or those of its contractors, had inappropriately accessed the student-loan information of certain celebrities or famous political figures and athletes.
A number of leads came back to a DOE contractor, which assists with student-loan inquiries via its call center and engages in debt collection. The contractor’s employees use the National Student Loan Data System database, which contains the private
information of borrowers, including that of Obama.
When Teague testified at trial, she claimed someone stole her unique NSLDS identifier and password to access Obama's information. The jury, however, did not believe her and found her guilty.