NYPD detective arrested on Tuesday for allegedly spying on more than 40 Email Accounts, including 21 of his fellow officers.
According to the NBC 4 News Report the detective named Edwin Vargas (42 Year Old) was questioned last month for stalking his ex-girlfriend online. Vargas suspected his ex-girlfriend had been cheating on him.
“Vargas allegedly paid an e-mail hacking service more than $4,000 to obtain the log-in credentials of at least 43 personal email accounts and one cellular phone belonging to at least 30 different individuals. Of those 30 individuals, 19 were current NYPD officers, one was a retired NYPD officer, and one was on the NYPD’s administrative staff.”
Vargas also accessed Federal Crime Database to obtain some confidential information about 2 NYPD Officers without authorization.
“When law enforcement officers break the laws they are sworn to uphold, they do a disservice to their fellow officers, to the department, and to the public they serve, and it will not be tolerated,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.
Vargas has been charged for:
- One count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking
- One count of computer hacking.
Each count carries a maximum one-year sentence.
NYPD officials told the Wall Street Journal he has been suspended with pay.
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