The FBI was called in and a sting was set up with a member of the Wilkes-Barre taxpayers group. The alleged hacker was taken into custody by FBI agents when he allegedly tried to sell the Wilkes-Barre City emails for $1,000 dollars. He was released a short tme later by federal agents..
The i-team has also learned that the FBI seized the computer of the alleged hacker and returned it several weeks later. The mother of the suspect contacted the I-Team's Andy Mehalshick and said her son would not be doing any interviews and referred us to her son's attorney. That attorney would not comment on the investigation but did say he no longer represented him. Eyewitness News is not releasing the name of the suspect since he has not been charged with any crime. Attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful. Word of the Wilkes-Barre City email probe has people talking.
Wilkes-Barre City Officials would not confirm or deny the investigation.
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