DENVER – A woman facing federal mortgage and real estate fraud charges must turn over an unencrypted version of her hard drive after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to hear the case.
Civil rights groups as well as the attorney for Ramona Fricosu say turning over the hard drive, which requires a password for investigators to examine documents stored there, violates the Fifth Amendment.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, the appellate court says it lacks jurisdiction because the case has not been resolved in U.S. District Court.
Fricosu attorney Phillip Dubois says his client will do her best to comply with a judge’s order.
Fricosu has until Monday to turn over the unencrypted hard drive to federal agents.