NEWARK — A Newark police captain admitted his role in a scheme to sell information taken from a private database accessible to law enforcement, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino said Friday.
Anthony Buono, 62, of Millstone, pleaded guilty to one count of computer theft before Judge Michael Ravin in Superior Court.
The Newark police captain arrested Tuesday in connection with a data theft scheme has been suspended, police say.
In 2014, authorities learned that the database, which is used in insurance fraud investigations, had been breached. Following an investigation by the Newark Police Department’s Internal Affairs unit and the prosecutor’s office, Buono and Dino D’Elia, 52, who had been a Newark police officer, were charged in 2015.
Buono accessed the database more than 900 times and passed the information on to D’Elia, who would sell it to third-parties at a rate of $100 per search. D’Elia, who previously pled guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced in December, sold the information through his private investigation business.
Buono is to be sentenced Jan. 8. According to the terms of his plea deal, he will avoid jail time but must surrender his job as a police captain and is barred from public employment.