Bryan Wagner is accused as masquerading as an unidentified journalist in order to obtain the reporter's private phone records, according to a copy of a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California.
Wagner,, the former chairman of HP, and three others have already been charged in California with four felonies, including identity theft.
Wagner could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
Tasked with finding out who amongwas leaking information to the media, the five are accused of belonging to HP employees, board members and journalists through false pretenses.
Wagner, who could face a maximum of seven years in prison, is the only one of the five to be charged with federal crimes.
Calls to the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco were not returned Wednesday.