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An ex-prosecutor was charged with faking judges' signatures to obtain illegal wiretaps


A former high-ranking Brooklyn prosecutor is facing charges for allegedly forging judges' signatures to obtain illegal wiretaps, federal prosecutors said in an indictment Monday. 

Tara Lenich, 41, allegedly used those wiretaps to listen to the phone calls of a married police detective, who was a love interest, according to the New York Daily News.

In the indictment, which was unsealed Monday, federal prosecutors said Lenich created fake judicial orders from June 2015 to November 2016. The New York Daily News reports that in some cases she cut the judges' signatures from legitimate documents and put them on her fake judicial orders. 

Prosecutors allege she used equipment from the district attorney's office to "intercept, monitor and record the communications to and from the two cellular telephones."

Lenich was first arrested last November and was fired from her job at the DA's office the same day.

"Tara Lenich violated her duty to the public when she engaged in a long-running scheme to forge judicial documents in order to illegally wiretap telephones,"Acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde told the New York Daily News.

Charges against Lenich include two counts of interception of communications. If convicted, she could face up to five years for each count.

Lenich pleaded not guilty Monday and was released on a $500,000 bond. 

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