Jealous NYPD cop hacks colleagues to keep tabs on his ex


Edwin Vargas

A NEW YORK detective has admitted he spent $4,000 on hacking into department email accounts, to check whether one of his fellow officers was sleeping with his ex.

Edwin Vargas, 42, told Manhattan federal Judge Kevin Castel that from April 2010 to May 2012 he paid a Los Angeles company specialising in email hacking to supply him with personal log-in credentials – such as passwords and user names — to help spy on his ex-lover.

The data included information on at least 20 of his NYPD colleagues, including his former girlfriend.

He admitted to using the information to access the account of at least one person. Vargas also dug up personal information on two cops using the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, and accessed the phone records of another victim, authorities said.

“I paid an email hacking service, so I could access a friend’s account, and I did not have access to access those accounts,” he told the judge.

Vargas pleaded guilty to computer hacking and unauthorised access to a law-enforcement database.

Under his plea deal, he faces 10 to 16 months in prison and $3,000 to $30,000 in fines. However, his lawyer, Peter Brill, said he does not expect Vargas to get any jail time — and that he should be able to remain a cop.


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