Federal agent indicted
for using government computer to track woman
By Jason Bennert
September 19, 2007
A federal grand jury in San Jose has indicted a special agent
with the U.S. Department of Commerce for allegedly using a restricted
government computer to track a former girlfriend and her family.
Oakland resident Benjamin Robinson, 40, was indicted Wednesday
on two felony charges. He faces a possible sentence of five years
in prison if convicted.
According to the indictment, between May 2003 and March 2004
Robinson used the Treasury Enforcement Communications System database
at least 163 times to track the movements of his former girlfriend
and her family in and out of the country.
He also allegedly lied to federal investigators on June 1, 2004,
about the number of times he used the database to track the woman
and her family.
"Those of us who are sworn to public service must continually
strive to uphold the highest standards of professional conduct.
Federal officers who violate the public trust by abusing their
official positions to pursue a private vendetta must be held accountable
for those actions,'' U.S.Attorney Scott Schools said.
Robinson is scheduled to make his first appearance in the case
Oct. 11 before Magistrate Richard Seeborg at the federal courthouse
in San Jose.
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