Official says she saw 500 celebrity passport files

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A passport specialist curious about celebrities has admitted she looked into the confidential files of more than 500 famous Americans without authorization.

Brooke Reyna pleaded guilty in federal court in Concord, N.H., to lying to investigators when confronted. The files contain photos and personal information and are protected by privacy laws.

Reyna admitted she had no official reason to look up applications for hundreds of actors, reality television contestants, musicians, athletes and members of their families over a four-year period.

The 28-year-old from Barrington, N.H., is the 10th State Department employee to plead guilty in the investigation. It began in 2008 after officials discovered access of the files for then-presidential candidates Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton.