Tara Lenich was asked to serve one year and a day in prison, on Friday
A scorned ex-prosecutor from the Brooklyn district attorney’s office fired for ordering wiretaps and search warrants on an old boyfriend was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in jail.
Tara Lenich, 42, who once supervised the Brooklyn DA’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau, spent 18 months forging court orders so she could monitor calls and texts of her former lover and his new paramour.
Lenich who pled guilty to two counts of illegally intercepting oral and electronic communications in April 2017, sobbed in Brooklyn Federal Court, saying she was in “a completely destructive” place then.
Brooklyn prosecutor, Tara Lenich, accused of forging wiretap orders on two cellphones belonging to a love interest and a suspected romantic rival, both of whom are married, faces federal charges
A brokenhearted former prosecutor canned from the Brooklyn DA’s office for illegally ordering wiretaps and search warrants to eavesdrop and read text messages of an ex lover and his new love interest was sentenced to a year and a day in jail.
Tara Lenich leaves Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday after her sentencing
Tara Lenich, used her position to forge wiretap orders and had a team of subordinates tap the phones of a married NY police detective.
Lenich listened to phone conversations between her ex and his new love interest, who was also her colleague, and read their text messages for almost 18 months.
She pleaded guilty to two counts of illegally intercepting oral and electronic communications.
“I have a hard time even believing I’m in your courtroom as your defendant,” Lenich tearfully told the judge, explaining that working for 15 years as an ADA for the Brooklyn DA’s office “was more than just a job, it was my life.”
Lenich said that her “completely destructive and unhealthy” relationship took a turn for the worse, as she worked with her married lover on what she deemed “the biggest case of my that the “relationship went from bad to completely disastrous and had a negative affect on that case, I truly imploded,” she said, crying.
“I made the worst decision possible and abused my position of trust and humiliated the office I had worked so hard for.”
Love tango in Brooklyn DA’s office! Prosecutor Tara Lenich, accused of forging judges’ signatures authorizing wiretapping on love interests
Lenich’s defense attorneys seeking mitigation spoke passionately spoke of her charitable work and her career of public service.
“Tara is a good, generous, compassionate person who somehow lost her way and made a series of terrible choices,” said Morris Fodeman
Another member of the defense team, Gary Farrell, described his client as a “desperate, desperate woman in a very volatile situation” and spoke of his fear of her going to prison — requesting that she not be placed in a prison in New York for her safety.
“She would not be Tara Lenich the banker or Tara Lenich the molly dealer. She would be Tara Lenich the former gang prosecutor.”
Urging the court to impose a sentence of 24 months, stiffer than the sentencing guidelines, prosecutor Robert Polemeni wanted excoriated Lenich [photo], “For nearly 18 months Ms. Lenich lied to everyone around her. She abused her power daily. She forged documents, forged judges signatures to listen in on private and personal telephone conversations, to read private and personal text messages. … She took her knowledge and she abused the system,” Polemeni said.
“She supervised all the District Attorney’s office wiretap investigations. That’s a problem. They will have to restore their credibility,” the prosector said.