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Obama Student Loan Case: Two More Plead Guilty

07/23/10 01:56 PM ET   AP

Obama Student Loan Case

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two former employees of a U.S. Department of Education contractor in Iowa have pleaded guilty to illegally viewing President Barack Obama's student loan records.

Julie Kline of Ainsworth, Iowa, pleaded guilty Friday to exceeding authorized computer access. Gary Grenell of Iowa City pleaded guilty to the charge July 12. Both face up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

They were among nine former employees of Vangent Inc. accused of viewing Obama's student loan records between 2007 and 2009.

Three other defendants have pleaded guilty, and four are scheduled for trial.

Diane Zitner, listed as Grenell's attorney in court records, declined comment. A telephone message left for Kline's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

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