NYC cases show crooked cops' abuse of FBI database

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Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013 12:00 am

NEW YORK (AP) - It's billed by the FBI as "the lifeline of law enforcement" - a federal database used to catch criminals, recover stolen property and even identify terrorism suspects.

But authorities say Edwin Vargas logged onto the restricted system and ran names for reasons that had nothing to do with his duties as a New York Police Department detective. Instead, he was accused in May of looking up personal information on two fellow officers without their knowledge.

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