Fifth Person Pleads Guilty To Passport Snooping

09/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — A fifth State Department worker has been convicted of snooping into the passport files of famous Americans.

Kevin Young, a 22-year veteran of the State Department from Temple Hills, Md., pleaded guilty Monday to illegally accessing more than 125 confidential passport applications for celebrities, professional athletes and a politician.

An investigation began in March 2008 after officials discovered unauthorized access of the files for then-presidential candidates Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The applications contain a photograph and personal information and are protected under federal privacy laws.