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[ISN] Former Hoboken IT administrator pleads guilty to hacking emails to spy on Mayor Dawn Zimmer


By Charles Hack
The Jersey Journal
March 20, 2013

NEWARK -- A former information technology administrator for the city of Hoboken pleaded guilty in Newark federal court today to hacking into Mayor Dawn Zimmer's email account to spy on her and other staff members.

Patrick Ricciardi, 46, who was the chief IT officer for the mayor's office, pleaded guilty to three counts -- accessing a computer without authorization, intercepting wire and electronics communications, and disclosure of wire and electronic communications to a third party.

Answering, âYes, your Honorâ to questions posed by the Federal Judge Esther Salas, Ricciardi admitted allegations that he used his position as IT administrator to access email accounts belonging to the mayor and other staff in order to spy on them.

Ricciardi, also admitted that he set up an archive on his computer to store emails sent to the mayor and her âtop lieutenantsâ and disclosed the information to other people within Hoboken City Hall.


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