State investigators say former parish attorney illegally accessed emails
BATON ROUGE - State Police released more information about the issuance of a misdemeanor summons to former parish attorney Mary Roper Wednesday.
State Police said cyber-analysts assigned to the Louisiana State Police Fusion Center investigated a complaint about suspicious email activity originating from the East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney's Office in October 2014. In a news release late Wednesday, troopers said the complaint suggested unauthorized emails were sent between illegally-accessed email accounts belonging to several parish attorneys. The email accounts were accessed more than 40 times and investigators determined the illegal access originated from a home IP address belonging to Roper, State Police said.
"Evidence obtained further indicated Roper's use of her personally owned computer to illegally access the EBR Parish Attorney's email system through a proxy service designed to mask the user's actions and location," a spokesperson for the department added.
A misdemeanor summons is an order to appear in court but does not require being booked into jail.
Roper was removed as the East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney in a vote by the Metro Council in September 2014. Council members believed Roper improperly shared information about a parish computer program with her husband. They claimed the proprietary information in the program should not have been shared with him, because he could have profited off the parish-developed program. Roper maintained no wrongdoing, and said she was getting his help to file a copyright application.
The summons was issued for intellectual property, computer tampering and online impersonation charges.
No one answered the door at Roper's home Thursday and phone calls went unreturned.
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