Robert Rampy (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A former technology expert and telecommunications director at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has been indicted on charges of computer tampering and identity theft.
A Maricopa County Grand Jury handed up an indictment against Robert Rampy late last Friday on 14 assorted felony charges.
The indictment alleged Rampy wrongfully released and accessed criminal history records, committed computer tampering on the sheriff's office information system and committed felony identity theft.
MCSO said Rampy worked in the technology division there from 2005 to 2012.
The alleged wrongdoing occurred between Sept. 3, 2012 and Jan. 10, 2013 and took place after Rampy resigned from the sheriff's office and applied to be director of the county-wide Integrated Criminal Justice Information System, a position he was not selected to fill, MCSO said.
The allegations of computer hacking and criminal history abuses closely followed his unsuccessful job bid, the sheriff's office said.
The data system tampering that Rampy allegedly committed was discovered by the Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Criminal Investigations Section. There was no interruption or damage to the law enforcement information network, MCSO said.
Computer crime specialists from the sheriff's office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Sheriff Arpaio's Internal Affairs criminal investigations took part in the investigation.
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