By MICHAEL J. CRUMB (AP)
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Nine people charged with illegally accessing President Barack Obama’s student loan records while employed for a Department of Education contractor in Iowa pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court.
The former employees of Vangent Inc. are accused of gaining access to a computer at the contractor’s office in Coralville between July 2007 and March 2009 and getting into Obama’s records while he was either a candidate for president, president-elect or president.
They appeared in U.S. District Court in Davenport, where they were read the charges against them and one by one entered their pleas.
U.S District Court Judge Celeste F. Bremer scheduled a trial for July 6 and released the defendants on promises to appear. Bremer told them not to leave the state and to stay employed or seek jobs. They can’t have guns or possess other weapons, and they’re under pretrial supervision.