New Details Emerging In FBI Probe Of Hacked Emails At Wilkes-Barre City Hall

Published 06/02 2014 06:15PM

Updated 06/02 2014 06:42PM

A Luzerne County man apparently figured he could sell emails he hacked from Wilkes-Barre City Hall computers to the highest bidder. He contacted a member of the Wilkes-Barre City Taxpayers Association in the hopes he could sell the emails for as much as $1,000. The hacker was nabbed by the FBI after the association member called authorities. Frank Sorick, President of the taxpayers association told Eyewitness News, "He sent us a few samples emails a block of emails that he considered to be a teaser here and I'll send these now if you like what you see you can pay an "x" amount of dollars and we'll send you the rest that type of thing." Sorick and the member contacted by the hackler are also reporters for the Independent Gazette Newspaper. The newspaper was asked by the FBI to hold off on the story since it could jeopardize the investigation. Louis Jasikoff, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief told Eyewitness News, "The more information that gets out there the better it is to expose this type of corruption. I'm not surprised by this but we were not going to be part of a crime since it appeared he obtained those emails illegally." The FBI set up a sting operation in which he met with the association member he first contacted and paid him $1,000 for a CD of the emails. The FBI moved in and took the man into custody. The FBI and City officials are not commenting on the investigation. There is no indication that the alleged hacker was ever charged with a crime. Eyewitness News s not releasing the name of the alleged hacker since he has not been charged with a crime--as far as we can confirm at this point in time. This reporter made numerous attempts to contact the alleged hacker but thus far those attempts have been unsuccessful

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