Newark Police Capt. Anthony Buono and former Newark Police Officer Dino D’Elia Arrested for Accessing and Selling Private Computer Data
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Tuesday, the arrest of Newark Police Captain Anthony Buono, 60, of Millstone and former Newark Police Officer Dino D’Elia, 49, of Nutley, was announced by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray. The two were taken into custody for illegally accessing a private insurance database and then, reportedly after acquiring the information, selling the sensitive personal information to a third party. The Newark Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit took an active part in the investigation.
Six years ago, D'Elia retired from the Newark force after taking disability and went on to open a private investigation business.
The arrests followed an investigation into the men allegedly accessing an insurance database which is made available to police departments investigating insurance fraud and then selling that information afterwards. Both men have been charged with:
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The prosecutor's office alledge that on more than 900 occasions Buono and D’Elia
accessed the department's insurance database and collected sensitive personal information which they then sold to third parties at $100 per search. The computer breach was identified by December, 2014, and the prosecutor's office launched the investigation.
Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Walter J. Dirkin explained today that on Aug. 1, 2014, Buono contacted the third party and identified himself on a form as being the Administrator for the Newark Police Department. Buono apparently stated that the former Administrator left to work for another company and that he would be taking his place and handling his duties. In this way, the captain was reportedly able to use his position as a police officer to gain access to the database.
Dirkin further related that Buono then reportedly gave D’Elia access to the database and it was D’Elia who then sold the data as part of his private investigation business.
If convicted, both men face 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison on each count.