January 7, 2010 By Hilton Collins
Something smelled fishy in Vermont, Washington, Wyoming and West Virginia in August 2009 when the states' governors received mysterious laptops they never ordered.
Each office reported receiving three to five laptops in two deliveries of either Hewlett-Packard or Compaq units, according to several news sources. A National Governors Association bulletin disclosed that HP intercepted another shipment to at least one other state. The federal government is reportedly investigating deliveries in at least 10 states.
If the laptops were intended as bait, no one bit.
"There was a realization that we did not order these computers," said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike T. Baylous. Once the state police realized the delivery could pose a problem, the department sought federal action.
"We reached out to the FBI. We have a great working relationship with them here," he said.
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