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(NEW YORK) — A veteran New York City detective was arrested Tuesday for alleged computer hacking.

Detective Edwin Vargas, who has been with the New York Police Department for 20 years, is alleged to have improperly used a federal database to snoop on an ex-girlfriend and fellow police officers.

Prosecutors say he also hired computer hackers to find information about them.

Between March 2011 and October 2012 court records say Vargas paid a hacking service thousands of dollars to obtain usernames and passwords for dozens of personal accounts of current and former NYPD staff.

It all may have stemmed from a dispute with the ex-girlfriend, who is also an officer.

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