Wed, Nov 07, 2007
Deleted Confidential Records... And, Um, Porn
He says he didn't mean to do it... but in the wake of a federal
court ruling that he destroyed hundreds of pages of confidential
records, on Tuesday Peter Murnane was canned from his job as Chief
Financial Officer for Mesa Air Group.
Murnane, who has been on leave since September, was a key figure
in a legal battle between Mesa and Hawaiian Airlines, stemming from
Mesa's misuse of confidential information it obtained from Hawaiian
during the latter's bankruptcy proceedings.
As ANN reported last week, US
Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Faris ruled Mesa used that
information to launch its own "go!" regional airline in Hawaii.
Mesa was ordered to pay $80 million in damages, though Mesa says it
plans to appeal the verdict.
In his ruling, Faris also determined Murnane destroyed the very
records that would have shown Mesa used data it obtained
through unscrupulous means.
Mesa attempted to stand up for the embattled CFO... by saying
Murnane had meant to only delete pornographic material from his
work computers, reports The Honolulu Advertiser.
The paper couldn't reach Murnane, but did speak with his
attorney, Brook Hart... who called the events "unfortunate," adding
Murnane regrets his actions.
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