Ex-Wife of Former Cop Allegedly Used Mobile Spyware for ID Fraud Racket

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Her secret cellphone recordings are evidence in the case against a one-time California local police commander.

Kristin Nyunt is accused of intercepting communications, including sensitive law enforcement messages, with surveillance software secretly installed on the cellphone of her then-husband, former Cmdr. John Nyunt, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California.

Evidence also shows John Nyunt let his wife log on to a law enforcement database, which Kristin Nyunt used to find victims' Social Security numbers and other personal information.

Nyunt's case “was intricately entwined with her then-husband, who was convicted of both state and federal charges,” the Monterey Herald reports. “It was Kristin's spyware that recorded evidence that led to criminal threat charges against John Nyunt," prosecutor Steve Somers said. While investigating Kristin Nyunt's case, prosecutors discovered a secret recording she made in which her husband threatened to kill her and any police officers who tried to arrest him.”

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