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Possible Jail Time For E-Peeper

A Salt Lake City man is facing up to 15 years in prison for redirecting and reading the e-mail of his former employer.

William K. Dobson, 55, was charged Wednesday with two counts of intercepting electronic communications and one count of illegally obtaining information from a protected computer.

If convicted, Dobson faces a maximum term of 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the monetary gain or loss.

According to the indictment, after Dobson left the company he co-founded over financial and business disagreements, he accessed the company's e-mail system on two occasions.

The purpose of the intrusion, the indictment claims, was to intercept the e-mail of the company's CEO and its vice president of engineering.

Dobson then rerouted the e-mail to a new, unauthorized e-mail inbox that Dobson created on the company's system.

The Department of Justice also alleges Dobson programmed his home computer to download the e-mails from the company for over a month.

The scheme ended when the FBI searched his house in connection with the investigation.

The e-mails contained both business and personal information.