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Ex-Wake employee charged with accessing boss' emails

Posted December 5, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014

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— The State Bureau of Investigation on Friday arrested a former Wake County employee accused of accessing hundreds of emails of his one-time boss, Register of Deeds Laura Riddick.

Nelish Kumar Ramesh Tailor, 39, of 1007 Cantrell Lane, Apex, was charged with 13 counts of accessing government computers. He was being held at the Wake County jail under a $5,000 secured bond.

Tailor worked for the Wake County Register of Deeds Office for almost four years before he was fired Nov. 3, authorities said.

Investigators said he accessed more than 600 of Riddick’s work emails between October 2013 and October 2014, and he allegedly continued to receive her emails after learning the SBI was looking into the matter.

“For almost two years, this office has been the victim of hundreds of instances of illegal email hacking, including confidential communication about personnel issues, county litigation and other sensitive matters," Riddick said in a statement. "I’m shocked and appalled that anyone could or would commit this repeated violation, much less someone in our office. I’m very grateful for the expert assistance of the dedicated law enforcement investigators who have worked for months on this deeply troubling case.”

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  • Eq Videri Dec 8, 2014
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    Good grief, what a betrayal.