Former prosecutor admits illegal wiretap in love triangle

NEW YORK (AP) " A former high-ranking city prosecutor pleaded guilty on Monday to charges she used an illegal wiretap to spy on two other people in a love triangle.

Tara Lenich told a federal judge that she used phony documents to get permission to eavesdrop on the cellphones of a married police detective, described as a love interest, and another woman working as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn district attorney's office. Authorities haven't revealed the identities of her targets.

In a statement, one of Lenich's attorneys, Morris Fodeman, called the case an aberration for a client with an "otherwise exemplary" record as a prosecutor.

"Since the beginning, Tara has wanted to fully accept responsibility for her actions and plead guilty at the first possible opportunity," Fodeman said.

Lenich, 41, was a deputy chief of a division in her office that frequently uses wiretaps to investigate violent street gangs suspected of trafficking in drugs and firearms. In 2015, she forged court authorizations ordering wiretaps on AT&T and Verizon service for the detective and her colleague for more than a year, prosecutors said.

Lenich, who was fired last year, faces up to 14 months in prison under sentencing guidelines. No sentencing date was set.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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