Gov. contractor pleads guilty to passport snooping

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A State Department contractor has pleaded guilty to illegally looking at the passport information of nearly 200 celebrities, athletes, actors and politicians over a three-year period.

Lawrence C. Yontz, of Arlington, Va., had been charged with unauthorized computer access, a misdemeanor. He pleaded guilty on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola.

Yontz faces as much as much as a year in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Several contract workers have been fired since it came to light that the passport records of presidential candidates had been breached.

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