NYPD detective Edwin Vargas was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly using the department’s equipment to conduct unauthorized database searches to spy on associates, including a woman he once had a relationship with. Detective Edwin Vargas, who was assigned to the 40th precinct in the Bronx, will be arraigned later today in a Manhattan federal court.
Official sources said Vargas conducted unauthorized searches in the National Crime Information Center database, as well as hiring as private hacking company to find even more information.
He is suspected of using the searches to spy on as many as 20 people. One of them is believed to be a woman with whom he had a relationship.
According to sources, Det. Vargas attempted to obtain the email accounts of at least 30 people. 21 of them are current or former NYPD employees and 19 are current NYPD officers. Many of them may be assigned to the 44 Precinct, his former precinct in the Bronx.