AN IBM employee in dispute with her employer over her salary has been told by a judge to have her bags packed and ready for a possible prison term.
The warning came after she refused to obey a court order to hand over confidential information allegedly taken from the company.
Beate Schmid, of Carnakelly, Kilmainhamwood, Co Meath, was told by Mr Justice George Birmingham to "bring along some personal belongings" to the High Court next week if she continues to defy the order to hand over any computer devices containing the information.
IBM Ireland Product Distribution Ltd sought attachment and committal to prison orders against Ms Schmid until she purges her contempt of court by making full disclosure as to what happened to the information on a USB memory key which the company says its experts found had been copied by her on April 7 last after it was taken from her office the previous day.
She was suspended on April 15 for breaching company security policy.
IBM claimed its experts found she had copied the information to another device. It then brought proceedings seeking her committal for contempt.
Ms Schmid denies she copied the disk and has suggested the copying may have been done remotely from her computer by somebody else.