Victims of Brooklyn prosecutor’s illegal eavesdropping file for damages
A proposed class action filed in Brooklyn’s federal court says that hundreds of law enforcement officials and other city employees whose phone conversations were eavesdropped upon by a former Brooklyn prosecutor may be entitled to thousands of dollars in damages.
Tara Lenich, who worked as deputy bureau chief in charge of investigations for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, was sentenced in February to one year in prison, according to the New York Law Journal.
She admitted she forged judges’ signatures to obtain wiretap orders to listen in on the phone conversations of NYPD detective Jarrett Lemieux – reportedly her love interest – and now-former Brooklyn prosecutor Stephanie Rosenfeld, whom she believed was also having an affair with the detective.
However, according to the lawsuit filed by Lemieux and Rosenfeld, Lenich likely listened to the phone conversations of at least 700 other people who had phone or voice interactions with the duo during that period, the New York Law Journal said.
Under the Wiretap Act, people whose phone conservations were subject to Lenich’s eavesdropping could be entitled to up to $10,000 each in damages, a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs told the Law Journal.
A NYC Law Department spokesperson told the Law Journal, “We’ll review the complaints and respond accordingly.”
Eric Creizman, an attorney representing Lenich, says he will defend vigorously against these claims.
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