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Cingular sues private eye caught up in HP leak probe

ATLANTA - Cingular Wireless LLC, the nation's largest cell phone provider, on Friday sued a private eye caught up in the scandal over the Hewlett-Packard Co. leak investigation, seeking to make him pay for allegedly falsely obtaining customer call records.

The Atlanta-based company said in federal court papers it wants Charles Kelly, his firm CAS Agency Inc. and any of its agents to return all Cingular customer information they may have, give up any profits they made for getting the data and pay unspecified damages for their conduct.

The complaint, which follows a similar suit filed late Thursday by Verizon Wireless, also seeks an injunction against CAS, which is based in Carrollton.

Kelly could not immediately be reached for comment Friday. No phone listings for Kelly or CAS could be found through directory assistance, an Internet search or a Georgia state Web site on corporation registrations.

Citing testimony before a House committee, Cingular said the defendants or their agents improperly obtained the customer call records of CNET news.com reporter Dawn Kawamoto and provided the information to HP.