State employee pleads guilty to passport snooping

Former State Dept. employee Lawrence C. Yontz, 48, pled guilty before a U.

Former State Dept. employee Lawrence C. Yontz, 48, pled guilty before a U.S. magistrate to illegally accessing hundreds of passport files, including those of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. He didn't access Sarah Palin's passport file, presumably because she obtained a passport for the first time last year. According to the Justice Dept.:

In pleading guilty, Yontz admitted that between February 2005 and March 2008, he logged onto the PIERS database and viewed the passport applications of approximately 200 celebrities, athletes, actors, politicians and their immediate families, musicians, game show contestants, members of the media corps, prominent business professionals, colleagues, associates, neighbors and individuals identified in the press.

He could be sentenced to a year in prison and $100,000 fine.