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I-Team: Email Hacking Investigation

An FBI investigation continues into the hacking of e-mail at Wilkes-Barre city hall. Officials say the hacker tried to sell the e-mails to embarrass city officials. The I-Team broke the story several weeks ago. Our lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick has the latest.
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County- The alleged computer hacking took place at Wilkes-Barre City Hall in late 2013. Some how the hacker was able to breach internet security and obtain emails from several city officials. He then contacted  a member of the Wilkes-Barre City Taxpayers Association and allegedly offered to sell the email.

   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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