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Former IT Official Surrendered to FBI, Allegedly Leaked Mayor's Office E-Mails

According to a complaint provided by the U.S. Attorney's office.

Former IT official Patrick Ricciardi, who was responsible for managing the IT department in City Hall, surrendered to FBI agents on Wednesday morning and will be facing charges of leaking confidential information and intercepting communications that were meant for Mayor Dawn Zimmer, according to a complaint provided to Patch by the U.S. Attorney's office. 

Ricciardi, 45, is charged in a federal criminal complaint with one count each of accessing a computer without authorization, interception of wire and electronic communications, and disclosure of intercepted wire and electronic communications. Ricciardi wass scheduled to appear this Wednesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court.

Ricciardi "intentionally accessed a computer without authorization and exceeded authorized access, and thereby obtained information from a protected computer, namely the servers of the City of Hoboken," the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Ricciardi confessed to law enforcement officials in May that he had set up an "Archive File" from which he forwarded information to others. According to the complaint, he had set up the archive file, "so that it would automatically forward all e-mails sent to the Mayor and two high-ranking Mayor's Office Employees to the Archive File."

The issue first came to light "on or about May 16, 2011, (when) the Mayor's office hired a private company to perform a security audit ... on the computers located within the Mayor's office," according to the complaint. The audit showed that "the Archive File contained copies of e-mails that had been sent to the Mayor's e-mail account and to the e-mail accounts of certain Mayor's Office Employees," according to the complaint.

The law enforcement officials have confirmed that the "archive file" was on Ricciardi's computer, according to the complaint.

The information was sent to at least two different email accounts, according to the complaint. The recepients of the information were not named in the complaint, but it involves one former and one current municipal employee. On May 18, one municipal employee provided the mayor a hard copy of an email received from Ricciardi's personal email address, according to the complaint. The emails in question were a conversation between the mayor and high ranking officials.

FBI officers and executed a search warrant, taking computers and servers with them, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, the mayor and other municipal employees were not aware of Ricciardi's actions.

More to follow on this story.

Pokey November 09, 2011 at 10:52 PM
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BruceD November 09, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Oh TB, my little blue stained dress wearing resident of Secaucus boinker of the Poopster and all around idiot apologist for Hoboken corruption. NOBODY CARES! Got that? You dont live in Hoboken and nobody cares what you have to say. Nobody cares in your "theories". Thjnsi si a great day for Hoboken,. Frirst teh wonderful showing of the Giant Reformer and now this! The beginning of the Frog March! Hip hop, hippity hop, TB.
Hoboken1653 November 09, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Khoboken, Is that who this is???
Bob R November 09, 2011 at 11:21 PM
@Hoboken1653 -- yes.
Grafix Avenger November 09, 2011 at 11:43 PM
What a day... and it gets BETTER. Hoboken411 is for sale! http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2011/11/hoboken411-for-sale.html
Hobbs November 09, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Anyone thinking there will be some non-billable hours on the books at Wachtell, Lipton, Rozen and Katz ? ;-)
BruceD November 10, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Who cares what that cancerous TB who lives in Secaucus wearing a blue stained Poopster dress has to say?
Redrider765 November 10, 2011 at 12:15 AM
I see OOC deleted her comments. LMAO
Bob R November 10, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Speedy delivery papers served to Secaucus, lol!
Grafix Avenger November 10, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Pokey, you're adorable. Please don't let that big green vegetable sit on you.
pied piper November 10, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Did World Book of records notify you guys, yet? Did you guys get the title, you've been working so hard on?
ccj November 10, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Yeah, makes sense, and that's why he surrendered to the FBI? You do realize that he was first approached in May. It is now November. The guy has been cooperating with the feds for the past 6 months. It's obvious to anyone with any knowledge or experience in these things.
ccj November 10, 2011 at 05:02 AM
InfotainMe. You're probably right. Here's an excerpt from most current article. NEWARK—With shackles on his feet and his hands cuffs connected by a chain behind his back, former city IT manager Patrick Ricciardi appeared in U.S. Federal Court in Newark on Wednesday on charges of accessing a computer without authorization, intercepting wire and electronic communication and the disclosure of that communication. Sounds like standard procedure for simple programming mishap.. Fat boy was shackled like an Al Queda prisoner in Gitmo. Clearly they're just bringing him in to ask a few questions and get some details straight. Good call.
InfotainMe November 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM
Exactly, CCJ. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By keeping Ricciardi, lone wolf, unaligned to anyone, strictly acting on his own IT guy in chains, they keep him from inadvertently writing any other bad code. And it's a warning to all other lone wolf, not part of any conspiracy of any kind IT guys to double-check their code to make sure they aren't accidentally filtering emails and sending them to external nodes. Which I mentioned, happens all the time, even in the best families. I have to go now. I'll be adapting the following for use today. http://www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com/
Laurie Michelson November 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Wow this is turning into a bad version of mission impossible. I remember patrick way back when he used to work at flash tech and helped me with my computers. Was always the nicest guy, I would've never guessed he was living large. This is a shame. Hoboken is quickly becoming an embarrassing place to admit one lives in.
Eric November 10, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Ricciardi lived in one of the half priced units in Metrostop? Didn't Mason and Russo vote for that workforce housing about a year or two ago? Makes you wonder why a guy who could easily afford one of those apartments at full price would need to be provided with a heavily discounted unit. Almost like a bribe but without having to hand over cash.
ccj November 10, 2011 at 05:06 PM
As much as I'd like to have another thing to blame on Russo and Mason this one might be a stretch. They might have voted for the discount housing to move forward, someone else...and not the council...had to approve the specific applications. Is it possible they made a couple of phone calls on his behalf? Sure, but would be a tough one to prove. I think the key thing is to wait and see who was receiving the eMails from this jack--- and then see if they provided any incentive to have him send them and what they did upon receiving. Don't worry. That info will come out soon enough and everyone involved will be singing to the feds once they're brought in. these are the fox hole types at all. They are all save themselves types regardless of who they have to throw under the bus. Heck, Russo threw his old man under the bus when he was going after a council seat.
InfotainMe November 10, 2011 at 05:33 PM
That is ABSOLUTELY worth digging into, Eric. Who approved subsidized housing for a guy making $200k?
Redrider765 November 10, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Here is to hoping Russo finds that the bus lands on top of his head this time around!
Ricciardi 202 November 10, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Patrick Ricciardi is not "victim" he has been involved in many illegal activities in the workplace in his past. Primarily theft, fraud, etc. It's the first time he has gotten caught. He even did something illegal for Anthony Ricciardi, who is City Hall employee! There has been a bench warrant for him in NYC from JF Larzartique on Madison Avenue NYC. Employers need to do their research before hiring someone!!
Eric November 10, 2011 at 06:33 PM
I wasn't a fan of the housing discount from the start, after all, a job with the city doesn't mean that it's for life (at least it shouldn't be). I was kind of OK with it, thinking it would be someone making a moderate income with a family perhaps, but NOT some guy making 200k! Jeez, what the hell is that about? He doesn't even need the discount, you can easily afford a nice apartment in Hoboken on that kind of salary!! Something is fishy there, and when you consider when it happened and how long he was likely collecting Zimmer's emails, it all adds up as far as I am concerned.
ccj November 10, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Eric, Adds up to what? I'm not being sarcastic but am genuinely interested in your views on what this might indicate. There's little doubt that this town needs a major clean out if its ever going to meet its potential. The town needs to clean out all of the nepotism (the Russos, the Castellanos, etc.) as it not only drains the town of tax dollars which could go to bettering the town or helping the less fortunate but it also keeps out competent people that could bring a great deal of talent and capability to the town that people like Russo, Mason, Ochi and certainly Castellano simply don't have. The departments which are dumping grounds for connected town's people need to be cleaned out. Again, just a tragic waste and drain of tax dollars. Even the police and fire departments need a cleaning. I'm not necessarily saying there should be fewer police and fire, but clearly for the salaries the taxpayers are paying the town should be getting far better qualified people in these departments. The board of ed, the housing, etc. are filled with connected family members which are costing the city hundreds of thousands if not millions. And can someone please grow a pair and get a collection agency on Russo's dad so he pays up his six figure debt that he owes the city. Or at least put a lien on his NJ shore house so we know the money will eventually be there. C'mon, Hoboken is a serious city and needs serious people running it and its departments.
Deirdre Wall November 10, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Here's a walk down memory lane: Riccardi fired over missing/edited video at the Hoboken Board of Education in 2009. Grafix Avenger was on the money with this story from May: http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2011/05/another-mystery.html
pied piper November 10, 2011 at 07:08 PM
During his stint at the Boe, Riccardi was cutting and editing tapes before airing them.
Scott M. Siegel November 10, 2011 at 07:10 PM
I believe he was the highest paid employee in City Hall. The missing BOE time was when the auditor was going over past violations that the previous (Frank Raia led) board failed to rectify.
Eric November 10, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Adds up to a man who recieved favors and was paying those favors back.
Hobbs November 30, 2011 at 10:30 PM
The Hoboken Reporter online looks into just how Patrick Riccardi was given a $500K luxury condo in Metro Stop for $250K ? Questions asked lead to even more questions unanswered.
Hobbs December 31, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Another Hoboken bad guy gets ready to go to jail thanks to the FBI who did he give the e-mails ?
Hobbs January 01, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Hoboken crook parade.
Andy October 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Mason's husband will tap Menendez to protect her when/if the time comes. Menendez will also be the one to squelch the overall FBI investigation. Follow the money, folks.

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