NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Multiple NYPD officers have been charged with corruption in recent years, on allegations that they misused the FBI-operated National Crime Information Center to snoop on other officers, or even to get information on people they might rob.
In the most recent high-profile case in May, Detective Edwin Vargas, 42, was accused inappropriately accessing the NCIC to get information about at least two NYPD officers.
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He was also of paying an email hacking service more than $4,000 to get the passwords and usernames of 43 e-mail accounts between March 2011 and October 2012, according to court papers. Of the 30 people targeted, 19 were current NYPD officers — including his ex-girlfriend — one was a retired NYPD officer, and one is on the NYPD’s administrative staff, prosecutors said.
The NCIC database…
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