HOBOKEN – Need some holiday gift ideas? Check out what Federal Bureau of Investigation agents took from City Hall in May.
After being called by Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s administration, FBI agents arrived in City Hall on May 26 and were seen removing computers and other items from the city’s third floor Information Technology office. Almost six months later, the city’s former Information Technology specialist Patrick Ricciardi surrendered on Nov. 9 to FBI agents, facing charges that he allegedly intercepted emails sent to and from Zimmer.
But what did the agents take from City Hall?
A response to an Open Public Records Act request filed by The Reporter shows exactly what the FBI seized during the May 26 raid, and the items taken from City Hall seem to resemble those of a Best Buy department store.
Forty-five DVD’s were taken from City Hall by the agents, according to the inventory sheet. The sheet does not state which movies were taken. The agents also took five CD’s, including one labeled “My Stuff.” The agents seized a Galaxy Tablet, which, according to BestBuy.com, goes for anywhere between $500 and $600. Also taken were six cell phones (three Blackberry’s and three Sprint phones).
Four laptops, six service tags, and 35 hard drives were also removed from the Information Technology office, according to the inventory sheet.
Ricciardi’s base salary is $72,122, but it is believed that he made much more in overtime, because he was hired to film council meetings which often ran until around midnight.
The FBI complaint states that Ricciardi confessed on May 25 to allegedly setting up an “archive file” that would intercept Zimmer’s emails. May 25 was the day before the agents raided City Hall. Ricciardi appeared in federal court in Newark on Nov. 9 to be read his charges, but has not yet entered a plea.
Ricciardi was charged with accessing a computer without authorization, interception of wire and electronic communication, and disclosure of intercepted wire and electronic communications. He faces a potential maximum jail sentence of five years for each count if convicted.
To read previous coverage of this story, click HERE. - Ray Smith