A New York City Police Department (NYPD) auxiliary deputy inspector was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly hacking into a restricted NYPD computer and other sensitive law enforcement databases.
Yehuda Katz used the databases to collect information on individuals who had been involved in traffic accidents in the New York City area, according to a FBI press release. He then posed as an attorney, among other things, and solicited them for a 14 percent fee.
Katz allegedly used multiple electronic devices in the NYPD’s 70th Precinct that were capable of streaming video and remotely accessing NYPD computers. He was then able to obtain the login information from uniformed officers to view the databases he didn’t have permission to access including one belonging to the FBI database. If convicted. Katz faces up to 10 years in prison.