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NYC cases show crooked cops’ abuse of FBI database

FILE - This undated file photo of former New York City police Officer Gilbert Valle with his baby daughter, was submitted into evidence by the defense in the trial of Valle, who was convicted in March in a bizarre plot to kidnap, cook and cannibalize women. Prosecutors alleged that Valle abused the FBI-operated National Crime Information Center database to to help compile dossiers on women he could possibly kidnap. It is not the first time a crooked officer has misused the database for cyber snooping and other offenses. (AP Photo/Provided by Attorney Julia L. Gatto, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s billed by the FBI as “the lifeline of law enforcement” — a federal database used to catch criminals, recover stolen property and even identify terrorism suspects.

But authorities say Edwin Vargas logged onto the restricted system and ran names for reasons that had nothing to do with his duties as a New York Police Department detective. Instead, he was accused in May of looking up personal information on twofellow officers without their knowledge.

The allegation against Vargas…..[ Read more ]

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