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A former county prosecutor in New York was indicted Monday on federal charges of illegally wiretapping two phones.

Tara Lenich is set to be arraigned before a federal magistrate on Monday afternoon in Brooklyn.
Lenich first faced state charges last fall when she was accused of orchestrating the surveillance of an unnamed male police detective and one of Lenich’s own female colleagues, in what the New York Times characterized last year as a “love triangle gone wrong.” The new federal charges likely will supersede those state charges.
In a Monday statement, federal prosecutors allege that for nearly 16 months between June 2015 and November 2016, Lenich created fake judicial orders and forged judge’s signatures to authorize the wiretaps and authorize fraudulent search warrants in order to get texts from the target phones. Specifically, the indictment alleges that Lenich “physically cut a copy of each such judge’s signature from a legitimate document and taped the signature onto the fraudulent documents she had created.”
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