By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested 37-year-old Idahosa Ighodaro, an NYPD certified IT administrator, for grand larceny in the department’s offices at 235 East 20th Street last Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. Ighodaro allegedly sold personnel information on almost 5,000 current members and applicants of the NYPD.
Police said that as a certified IT administrator, Ighodaro has access to personnel files that include information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, tax identification numbers and other personal identifying information.
According to a complaint from the District Attorney’s office, Ighodaro gave an informant an external hard drive belonging to the NYPD at the end of last November near East 20th Street and Third Avenue. An officer for the Internal Affairs Bureau at the NYPD said that Ighodaro didn’t have permission to take the hard drive from his office or give it to anyone else and a sergeant for the computer crimes section at Internal Affairs determined that the hard drive contained personal identifying information, including social security numbers, for approximately 4,760 members and applicants of the NYPD.
About a month later, the informant reportedly spoke with Ighodaro on the phone on December 24 and requested information for a particular police officer in exchange for $300 and they agreed to meet on December 27. An investigator in the public corruption unit at the DA’s office said that Ighodaro admitted to taking that police officer’s information from his place of employment, putting it on a thumb drive and printing it at a FedEx facility.
According to the DA, Ighodaro met with the informant at a bar in Crown Heights on that day and allegedly handed over a piece of paper containing personal identifying information of the requested police officer, but he reportedly told the informant that any future names would be sold for $3,000 each.
Ighodaro met with the informant again on December 29 around 7:40 p.m. near Fulton Street and Verona Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant to discuss purchasing information on other police officers and he allegedly agreed to sell information on two additional officers in exchange for $6,000. The informant gave Ighodaro $1,000 as a down payment on the information and reportedly told him that he would make large amounts of money on the information, and would receive a kickback for providing it.
According to the DA, Ighodaro met the informant at the Starbucks in Peter Cooper Village on December 30 at 3:25 p.m. and handed over a piece of paper containing the personal identifying information of two police officer applicants in exchange for $5,000. Ighodaro allegedly admitted that he took the information of the two applicants by copying it to a thumb drive and printing it at a Chelsea Staples, and sold it to the informant.
Ighodaro’s attorney and the NYPD did not respond to a request for comment on the case.